Comment on Coal Export in Longview, WA

rev. Liv Larson Andrews at Spokane Coal Rally

The values that ground us as people of faith call us to prevent the pollution of the Columbia River River with what could be the nation’s largest coal export terminal. Not only that, but this moral faith foundation compels us to to stand up for impacted communities and ecosystems all along the path of this dirty, dangerous, and antiquated project.

This round of public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is our last chance to tell decision-makers that far and wide, religious communities want a clean and healthy future – not coal. To clarify, this comment period is directed to the Army Corps of Engineers, whereas the last round of comments you may recall were to the Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County leaders. 

Submit your comment below to add your voice to the ranks of people of faith reminding our leaders that it’s far past time we power past coal! Or speak up in person at public hearings in Longview on October 24 and in Ridgefield on October 25.

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Dear Army Corps of Engineers,

People of faith around the State of Washington are doing our part to reduce use dirty fossil fuels. From our earliest scriptures to the recent encyclical by Pope Francis Laudato Si, we are told that all people of good will have a moral responsibility to protect and care for God’s creation. We expect that our leaders will make wise decisions for Washington’s families, land, air, and water on behalf of God’s creation and the common good.

This letter is to ask you to deny the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview.

Mt. St. Helens over Longview, WA

Photo credit: Alex Butterfield

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement clearly finds that this huge coal export project on the Columbia River will harm the health and economic vitality of Longview and other communities along the train tracks. To make matters worse, there is almost no discussion of what little mitigation is possible for the effects of coal dust, derailments, increased train traffic, air pollution, noise, harmful impacts on tribal culture and treaty fishing rights, and vehicle delay at railroad crossings.

Most importantly, the DEIS acknowledges that climate pollution is a destructive end product of coal export. The cost and damage of all aspects of this ill-conceived project are not worth the risks and expense to our neighbors and ourselves. This permit should be denied.

Rather than use the land and water of the Columbia Basin for a polluting and dangerous fossil fuel project, we ask that you steward our region toward sustainable and healthy growth. Do not put the burden of risky operations, global warming pollution, and un-mitigatable ecosystem destruction on the people and future generations of the Northwest.

Please choose the “no action alternative” and deny the Millennium Bulk Terminals permit. Thank you.