Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002636
Received: 6/13/2016 11:56:21 AM
Commenter: Eddie Barron
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Dear Agency Staff,
I support the proposed port facility in Longview. The environmental review of this project has taken too long and it is time to allow Millennium to invest $680 million in southwest Washington.
The new bulk commodity export facility will revitalize an old, underutilized industrial site. Millennium is cleaning up the site and the new project will create hundreds of jobs. Washington can have economic development while still protecting the environment.
I'm a locomotive engineer for BNSF and have been working the Columbia gorge (Pasco-Vancouver) route and the i5 (Vancouver-Seattle) for the past 4 years. I've taken hundreds of coal trains during those years on both routes and I have to say that coal by train is a very enviromentally safe and economically efficient way to transport coal. Even during high winds of 60+ mph on the gorge I haven't seen coal flying outside of the cars. BNSF is trying to make it even more environment safe by adding another spray facility in Pasco wa so a fresh coat of glueing agent is on the coal before traversing the windy gorge. Canada and the east coast will take the coal if we don't, so why not increase WA states revenue and economy. Longview is the perfect example of a city that got gutted of economic growth, let's give that west coast port a chance again to get back on its feet!
The draft EIS for this project is extremely thorough. It is now time to put southwest Washington to work. Please publish the final EIS quickly and issue the permits.