Clean water more valuable than oil

My recent letter was not intended to imply that the folks in Kenai and Soldotna don’t care whether toxic waste is injected into their wells. Actually, I don’t object to drilling waste injection as long as the wells are remote and can remain stable. What I object to is the idea that Nikiski has been chosen and permitted to allow a surface monofill pit to be created very close to the center of our small community. The history of Nikiski includes the improper dumping of toxins in multiple unregulated and undocumented sites. Back in the 60s and 70s waste was simply buried, often in the dark.

Don’t assume that injection disposal is safe. No one knows what fracking will do to push injection waste into source aquifers.

Stop it now if you can. Clean water is far more valuable than oil. You can clean an oil spill, but you can’t clean an aquifer. The big corporations realized long ago that paying the fine is much cheaper than fixing the problem. Waste disposal companies often find shortcuts or strike deals to increase the profit margin. Without oversight and community involvement, I wouldn’t trust any subcontractor to properly or safely dispose of waste in my neighborhood. The good people of Nikiski had no opportunity to prevent the permitting of the monofill pit. The Department of Environmental Conservation has totally ignored Nikiski’s plight. We neither have the money nor the honesty of political representatives to stop the toxic targeting of our town.


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