Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001677
Received: 5/31/2016 6:38:27 PM
Commenter: Phillip Collins
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Please consider my comments on Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project. I am very concerned that this environmental review and permitting has taken twice as long as any other port project.
Applying different rules to different people is wrong. Washington State is supposed to be a state that welcomes trade. The ports have grown and expanded to handle more cargo in containers, much of which gets shipped out by rail. There have always been grain terminals in Seattle and Tacoma and recently more have been built along the Columbia River. Boeing still assembles planes in WA, but many of the parts are brought in from around the country and the world by train, truck, and ship. Crude oil has long been shipped into the state by tankers, and now it is being brought in by train as well. Before it approved all of this shipping, government never insisted that any of these businesses study greenhouse gases or rail traffic outside of the state. Government should not change the rules now just because it has decided it doesn’t like coal. This draft EIS for a terminal project will affect all other future trade and transportation projects. SEPA should not morph from being project based environmental review to a commodity or product based review.
Our region is in a critically important place economically and I believe that what we accomplish over the next several years will either help or hinder our economic recovery. Without a doubt this proposal will help our recovery. Thank you for beginning the scoping process.