Letter: Submit concerns on coal exporting



The health impacts of coal environmental toxicity to humans, fisheries, water tables and our ecosystem is exacerbating. Ambre Energy’s proposed coal export terminal will have harmful economic and health effects in all communities it touches as coal is shipped to Longview by rail. It will then be burned in China before returning to the West Coast as air pollution through meteorological movement. The bottom line is: one way or another, we are going to be affected.

Unfortunately, international coal corporations like Ambre currently have an eager waiting market to sell U.S. coal to Asia, coming out of Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, and this will be the tip of the iceberg.

We must stand united against these horrific impacts to our community. There is still a way to participate and derail the fossil fuel industry even though local hearings ended Oct. 9, accompanied by a lobbyist-distorted media blitz to discount science and continue our fossil fuel and carbon-burning habits.

The Environmental Impact Statement coal scoping period for public comment does not end until Nov. 18. We can still speak out against the proposed Millennium coal export terminal by sending comments to the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Army Corps of Engineers via email, comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov, or online, http://www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov/submit-comments.html.

Sharon Dienstbier Conser