Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001974 

Received: 6/6/2016 2:22:20 PM
Commenter: Lori  Black

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Thank you for this opportunity to voice my support of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview project. This port will benefit the economy of the region, and that of the nation. The economy depends on trade. It creates jobs working the railroads and ships, loading cargo at the ports, growing crops for export, and building the infrastructure necessary to support a trade-based economy. However, trade depends on permitting approval to construct this infrastructure. If the federal, state, or local government apply different permitting standards to projects exporting coal, they are creating a dangerous precedent that will make it hard to build new infrastructure needed to export other goods, like wheat or manufactured products. The environmental groups have a long history of challenging trade based projects in the northwest, such as Columbia river dredging, new rail facilities and/or export terminals. Governments shouldn’t threaten trade or the jobs that depend on it. Thank you for the chance to make my voice heard on this very important issue. I think this project has the potential to transform the community and I hope that you will take that into account as you begin your review of the project.