Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002205 

Received: 6/7/2016 7:19:24 PM
Commenter: Shirley Balleck
Organization: The Flower Mine Gift Shop
State: Colorado

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
When you lose your coal jobs and they shut down the mines, it affects more than you think. 90% of my customers are coal companies, coal miners, truck drivers that haul coal, car sales that sell cars to the mines, and every business in town. Most mines have subcontractors that end up losing jobs too. All the great programs for your communities end up hurting because they don't have monies from the taxes the coal mines and subcontractors provide. We're talking Horizons for the Handicapped, projects for the cities, the seniors, the veterans, etc. New roads, new programs, the whole shebang. We all know people who can barely pay their utility bills now. Seniors on fixed incomes can't pay electric bills that double. Neither can most business's. If my electric bill doubles, I will have to raise my prices to cover the cost. Every business that has to pay higher utility bills will have to do the same. Grocery stores, clothing, hardware stores; all of your bills will go up. There are 100's of by products of coal being used every day. Did you know that asphalt for highways is a by product of coal. Some makeups for the ladies are made from by-products. Sleeping gas and lots of things for the hospitals are made from coal products. Most coal mines provided great habitats for wild animals and birds. They reclaim the lands they mine on and provide great water supplies and better habitat for wild animals. How can you recycle all those damn solar panels? and aren't they frying birds because they get too hot? The longevity of solar panels are only about 8 years. What do you do with them after that? The windmills are about the same. They are not pretty when you see miles and miles of them on the landscape. How can you recycle them. Plus you need coal for energy to build solar panels and windmills. I want you to know that the little electric car you or your friend drives that it is powered by coal for the electricity you have to plug into. Do some research! Carbon dioxide is what keeps the earth green! Don't pay attention to all the groups touting nonsense, do your research. What would happen if you lost your ability to heat your house, use your microwave, TV, computers etc.? Every time you flip on that light switch in your house or turn anything electrical on, you are using energy from coal. The energy for your battery operated tools comes from coal. You really don't know what you are messing with. Windmills, solar panels and natural gas supplies are not enough to power the United States in our quest of faster, better, more connected life. Please consider what you are doing. Sincerely Shirley Balleck