Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001538 

Received: 5/31/2016 4:54:49 PM
Commenter: Loren Blakeman

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Despite all the rhetoric to the contrary about coal exports, I firmly believe you can have both good family-wage jobs and be good stewards of the environment. It doesn’t have to be a choice of one over the other. Basic economic principles already tells us that not one ton more of coal will be used globally because of exports at Millennium; supply routes have no effect on demand. Keep it realistic. Keep it local. The co-lead agencies are presenting an excellent DEIS process. I urge them to proceed promptly with a final Environmental Impact Statement that allows Millennium Bulk Terminals to become one step closer to building, hiring, and exporting. Under this scenario good paying jobs will come to a community in need. Not only will the local but the regional economy will reap the benefits. Please do the right thing and make this project a reality.