Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001738
Received: 6/1/2016 9:05:04 PM
Commenter: Aaron Choate
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
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To Whom It May Concern at Cowlitz County administration and the Washington State Department of Ecology: Thank you for considering public comments on this coal terminal proposal carefully.
I empathize very much with the concerns of the local community in their desire for temporary and other jobs that would be created, though respectfully disagree that a terminal built as proposed will have the positive effects expected by some community members there. In fact, the long term effects of such a terminal, if built, would be devastating not only for the community in Cowlitz County, but for people across the Pacific Northwest, for people in China, and for global citizens everywhere. Instead, i advocate for clean, green jobs to be brought to the community and for heeding of the voices of elders who remember the earlier pollution of the Columbia River and other local environmental abuses of the past.
As i am sure you have heard from many other commentators, this project should be rejected on ethical grounds related to what we know about anthropogenic global warming and a whole host of other negative factors including:
-coal dust/debris contamination and lung inhalation during and after would-be rail transport
-would-be coal burnt in China degrading not only Chinese, but also United Statesian and global air quality, fisheries, waters, and ecosystems
-destruction/rape of the land in the regions where coal is extracted (Wyoming, N.Dakota, S. Dakota, etc.--perhaps not for this project specifically, but coal export is tied to the egregious practice of Mountain Top removal in W. Virginia/Appalachia)
-coal companies' own data showing that even when treated, coal dust escapes from trains in large quantities (e.g.: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/8963215799_28dc2c7623_z.jpg)
Lastly, it is simply not a good financial decision to continue to mine and export coal, as this Seattle Weekly and many other articles have argued: http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/the-last-remaining-coal-terminals-last-chance-for-public-comment-2559319/
Attached photo credits and URLs below.
Thank you for reading, and i hope you will do the right thing by preventing the building of this proposed coal export terminal,
-Aaron Choate & Family-
Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon
Photo 1 - Sightline Institute: http://sightline.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/dust-with-paddle.jpg
Photo 2 - An Australian news source: http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2012/11/13/1226516/151796-coal-particulates-graphic.jpg
Photo 3 - Considering children and future generations. coaltrainfacts.org Source URL: http://www.coaltrainfacts.org/docs/Breathe.jpg