Friday, April 11, 2008

Glad I Went to The DOE Open House

I attended the DOE's Open House in Pascagoula. They had stations set up explaining what they planned to do and DOE officials on hand to answer questions. It was nice to be able to speak with them one on one and I feel I learned a lot.

I am still opposed to the project, especially the use of fresh water to hollow out the salt dome. I basically get the idea that they haven't looked at other alternatives as they are comfortable with this method as they have used it numerous times before. They need to realize that FRESH WATER is as important to us as OIL and that we need to conserve all our sources of fresh water, not waste them on hollowing out a salt dome. They also need to consider some sort of desalinization plant instead of dumping salt brine into the Gulf.

Others are also opposed to this project.

Dawkins, vice chairman of the Senate's committee for environmental protection, received multiple rounds of applause and two standing ovations for her statement that, among other things, called for the energy department to extend the public comment period.

"This is a half-baked plan, poorly thought out, just like the hearing in Jackson," Dawkins said, criticizing the timing and location of the initial hearings just months after Hurricane Katrina.

Dawkins pointed to environmental issues, especially concerning birds and fish that call the river their home. In addition, the land around the river could not stand up to the heavy equipment that would be required for the project, Dawkins said.

"If we allow you to alter it ... the entire system will change forever," Dawkins said.

They are taking public comments until April 29th.

DOE Website

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Management Office

Person to contact with your comments Donald Silawsky. His phone number is 202-586-1892, his fax number is 202-586-4446, his email is

Envelopes and the subject line of emails or faxes should be labeled "Scoping for the SPR SEIS". Conventional mail to DOE may be delayed by anthrax screening, but if you choose to mail the letter here is the address.

Donald Silawsky
Office of Petroleum Reserves (FE-47)
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585-0301

Articles in the local papers:
Residents choose river, Gulf over oil reserve project

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