Sunday, March 29, 2009

Richton report’s political ties negate its credibility

Sun Herald Letter to the editor, March 29th, 2009

Richton report’s political ties negate its credibility

Following is the text of my letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu about the Richton Strategic Petroleum Reserve project report:

First off, thank you for your waste of taxpayers’ dollars when it should have cost you 42 cents to mail each report. Instead, you mailed the Richton Report in a costly manila envelope that cost 83 cents in postage.

In reference to your so-called scientific studies performed on the Pascagoula River and in the Gulf of Mexico to assist the ongoing preparation of the supplemental environmental impact statement for the proposed DOE Richton Strategic Petroleum Reserve, it appears you would rather accept reports from paid individuals with ties to the political machine instead of from those who have no ax to grind. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was used as an “authority” in your report. If it weren’t so important, I would think it was a joke and laugh. Personally, I see very little credibility in the Corps.

Scientists, biologists, geologists and other learned, educated citizens voiced their opinions against this project during the public hearings in Pascagoula in April 2008. Do you expect us to believe your so-called experts who have political ties instead of these individuals?

The present proposal by the Department of Energy will consist of 200 miles of pipeline that will cross 63 creeks, streams and rivers. Pipeline spills due to the corrosive brine will have dire effects on the freshwater supply for South Mississippi’s people, land and vegetation. Droughts in Georgia and Alabama are causing shortages of fresh water. Can our politicians assure us that taking 50 million gallons of water per day for five years from the Pascagoula River will not affect our freshwater supply?

There are other alternatives for salt brine disposal. Why not send the pipelines to the Mississippi River?

The people of South Mississippi do not need another disaster. Katrina was enough.

Ocean Springs


The Cat Realm said...

You'd think that with the new administration things like this won't happen anymore..... But most people are corrupt stupid beings - when we hear our staff going on about all the bad things happening here around Tucson it seems that cats should REALLY take over and fix things!

Alasandra said...

I had hoped when Obama was elected this stupid idea would be DEAD. It looks like they are plowing ahead with it no matter how much damage it will do.

I appreciate the crew at The Cat Realm taking the time to read my post. I agree CATS would do a much better job of running the world.