Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002446
Received: 6/10/2016 11:52:15 AM
Commenter: David Chapin
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
For the reasons below, I am vehemently opposed to approval and ultimate construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview (MBTL).
Construction and operation of the MBTL would lower air quality as a result of coal dust emissions. While the DEIS states these are "insignificant" because the do not exceed regulatory limits, it also states that coal dust would exceed nuisance levels, which to local residents in Longview and along the railroad route are certainly significant.
With 16 added trains per day, the MBTL would result in significant delays at traffic crossings; increase response times for fire, ambulance, and police vehicles; and increase the risk of train-vehicle accidents. What right doe MBTL have to severely disrupt transportation in the Longview community? Absolutely none.
But the most significant and unavoidable impact of the MBTL is the contribution it would make to global warming and climate change. It is completely insane to be building infrastructure to substantiatlly increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere when we are threatened with catastrophic disruption of human society and natural ecosystems across the globe due to climate change. We need to leave 80% of fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic effects of climate change, yet here we are seriously considering building a terminal to burn more coal. Have we lost our minds?
The MBTL facilitates the burning of immense amounts of coal, the dirtiest form of fossil fuel, merely to serve the Asian markets, which are arguably no longer even there. Other than providing a few jobs to local residents, the MBTL serves no social purpose other than enriching the coal and railroad companies. Since there are many more jobs being created in developing renewable energy than in the fossil fuel industry, the jobs argument is not even credible.
The MBTL should not be approved.