Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001255
Received: 5/26/2016 6:22:00 PM
Commenter: Doris Barrick
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
The world needs coal and it might as well come from the United States. We have the resources and Millennium Bulk Terminals has a plan to make it happen at Longview. Please support the environmental study.
The DEIS should have focused on actual impacts, and only analyzed those that can be discerned and evaluated using credible analyses. For instance, the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is not an impact. The impacts would be if altered weather patterns and sea level rise if they resulted from the accumulation of carbon dioxide, and other GHGs, in the atmosphere over the course of long time periods. However, the degree of emissions required to cause those impacts is vastly greater than the emissions that can be attributed to this project, even if you incorrectly assume that exported coal will result in incremental new emissions, rather than simply displacing coal that is already available from other sources. Climate change impacts, such as ocean acidification and temperature increases, cannot be attributed to this project because there will be no discernible climate change effect from this project. Emissions from use of the coal exported across this terminal, even if assumed to be incrementally new emissions, are simply too small in comparison to the emissions over long time periods required to change the global climate in measurable ways. Please call it good and issue a final EIS.
It is clear to me, Millennium Bulk Terminals has a project that will have long-term positive impacts on local and regional economies in Washington. Millennium has maintained and presented ongoing efforts to uphold the current environmental regulations set for its project in Longview. I have good faith and trust this will continue and the company should be allowed to move forward without further delay. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment.