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EIS comment regarding Shell Refinery Shoreline Variance and ...

Subject: EIS comment regarding Shell Refinery Shoreline Variance and Permit,
From: John Persak <>
Date: 11/5/15, 9:56 AM
BCC: Abby Brockway <>, Jen Wallis <>,
Matt Pearsall <>

To whom it may concern;

My name is John Persak. I live at 6232 Carleton Ave South, Seattle WA., 98108. I am a
homeowner in the Georgetown neighborhood. My home is situated about 2000 feet from the
BNSF main line the runs along Airport Way S., near the Port of Seattle. I have lived here
for 10 years. I am also an employee in the maritime industry at the Port of Seattle near
the Georgetown and SoDo neighborhoods handling containers and other types of cargo. I have
worked in this industry since 1998. I would like any EIS to address the following
potential impacts to the human and built environment, since the construction of an oil
terminal as proposed will result in increased traffic of unit trains handling oil on the
BNSF rail corridor through the Georgetown/SoDo neighborhoods in particular:

1) What will be the safety impacts in terms to residents, businesses, and rail workers, as
a result of increased capacity utilization on this rail corridor generally, and the Argo
loading and switching yard in particular, and will it be an increase in risk?

2) What are the emergency response plans and activities involving residents, businesses,
and rail workers in the Georgetown vicinity?

3) Is the current level of emergency response planning ample for current risks of oil
transport and is the current level ample for increase risks of likely increased oil

4) What will be the costs to provide risk management and emergency response to satisfy the
need to protect against threats to human health by catastrophic accidents?

5) What is the difference between the costs and resources allocated presently, and the
costs of same once the project is completed and in full production?

6) What are all of the aforementioned costs annually in terms of government dollars,
private dollars, and hours of volunteer service from residents and workers in the

7) What are the costs of education efforts necessary for making residents and workers in
Georgetown aware of such emergency response planning and to entice adequate participation?

8) What will be the economic and human impact of job loss relating to the container
industry and the Port of Seattle, including multipliers, as a result of container cargo
being delayed or displaced as a result of oil commodities using more rail capacity?

9) What will be the safety impacts of a proposed 14,000 sports arena and sports
entertainment complex in SoDo on and around the corner of Holgate and Occidental Ave S.,
which is adjacent to the main BNSF line? What additional mitigation and costs are
necessary for this project to meet safety guidelines for public use of such an arena when
the Shell project is complete?

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10) What will be the safety impacts to the community of reduced staffing on trains
carrying oil, including automation, since it is possible that BNSF could implement such
changes and has stated a desire to decrease staffing on other unit trains sharing this

11) What will be the air emissions impacts, when container and other commodity handling is
diverted to truck transport as a result of capacity displacment by unit trains carrying

12) What will be the impact of traffic wait times (cars, transit, freight) as a result on
an increased frequency of unit trains carrying oil through Georgetown/SoDo?

Thank you for your consideration of these issues.

Best Regards,

John Persak

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