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Clean water more valuable than oil

Posted: November 12, 2013 - 3:28pm  |  Updated: November 13, 2013 - 8:58am

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.

Enough is enough. Don’t let it happen to you.

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Suss 11/13/13 - 12:23 pm
Kenai and Soldotna

Norm, I guess I am confused...."AIMM Techologies: Take your waste down to Soldotna and Kenai. You can inject it into their aquifers. Apparently they don’t mind. Just keep it out of Nikiski."
Now would you please explain again what you did not imply?

normolson 11/13/13 - 06:36 pm
Do You Know What Is Happening In Your Own Community?

Check out the articles for Oct 23 and October 25-26 in the Clarion. Search the Clarion for "Company seeks drilling waste facility permit" and "Drilling waste site doubles in scope." Read the articles and get back to me....I'm not going to explain it to you, but the short of it is: Both AIMM Technologies and Buccaneer Alaska Operations LLC are hoping you and the folks down Soldotna way don't find out that these waste handing companies are going to inject millions of gallons of waste under your neighborhood.

You ought to be very concerned.

If you think it's safe, talk to the people from Love Canal (Google it if you don't know).

I don't mean to be mean, but I'm tired of my fellow citizens from remaining ignorant to the power of these companies and the willingness of the DEC and Alaska politicans to be bought off so easily.

normolson 11/13/13 - 06:52 pm
I am convinced

I am convinced that the folks in Soldotna and Kenai have the ability to regard the injection of toxic waste into deep wells under the communities as a real and present danger.

I am also convinced that if AIMM and Buccaneer are allowed to do so, it is chiefly because the people in that area are largely ignorant of the dangers.

If just a few advocates and supporters IN YOUR COMMUNITY would come on board with me and Steve Chamerlain to oppose the indiscrimate dumping of waste, perhaps these waste disposal companies can find somewhere else to dump their crud.

Could it be that they can't get permits from the Federal Central Government to dump on federal land, but they can easily get permits to dump on Alaska's property? Ever wonder why? It's because the central government in Washington has a much stronger group of environmentalists
than does the puny and easily bought environmentalists who deal with Alaska's 30% of the land the citizens actually own?

The big corporations are TAKING advantage of you folks down in Soldotna and Kenai because you are being represented by a bunch of mealy-mouthed, jelly-spined, weak-kneeds cowards who are being bought off.

Why would you allow these companies to exploit the ignorance of Alaskans? The answer is: They do it because they know they can!!!!

To the good and responsible people in Kenai and Soldotna, PLEASE stand up and speak out NOW. Remember, you can clean an oil spill but not an aquifer... Remember also, that political hacks and government agencies can also be influenced by the money that backs them AND THE GENERAL IGNORANCE of the peasants!

Don't get mad at me if your grand-children are born with genetic deformaties... Again, read what happened at "Love Canal."

Norseman 11/13/13 - 07:02 pm
I will stand up and speak

I will stand up and speak loud. You and I may never agree on most issues, however, this is one fight I will gladly join in on. What specifically can we do?

Steven Chamberlain
Steven Chamberlain 11/14/13 - 01:53 am
EPA 524.2 Testing Method


The best way for you to get involved is to get people to test their water using the testing method listed above.
If you don't test your water then you'll just never know. I am currently awaiting my results and will make them public as soon as I receive them. I used an out of state testing firm and it cost about $525.00 including shipping. The tough part is finding a testing firm that you can trust. Don't trust an in state testing firm!!!
Testing your water is a cheap way to have peace off mind, everyone should do it. You must use the 524.2 testing method to detect VOC's and heavy metals.
I believe wide scale testing of private drinking wells in Nikiski would blow the lid off this rusty old can of worms and protect the health and safety of all who drink the water. The government is not going to test your water. You must do it yourself.

Water is Life !!!

normolson 11/14/13 - 02:22 pm
What you can do?

The people in the lower 48 are transfixed on Alaska's natural beauty. No TV program I know of will show how corporations are exploiting and destroying what we both enjoy and rely on. Here's a sample of a letter everyone should start sending to every TV, Radio, and Newspaper in Galveston (get the email addresses by doing a google/bing search) This one is going out to the paper in Texas City, TX.
I spoke with the editor and he's on board. I'm awaiting another editor to call.
Strike at the root. Build public opinon AGAINST AIMM's destructive behavior. Next, I'll be contacting AIMM's stock holders.

Here's the letter:

Letter To The Editor

On Alaska’s Cook Inlet shoreline lies the little town of Nikiski. It’s a delightful little community of 4,300, reflecting all the pristine beauty of Alaska you’ve seen on TV. Not seen on TV, however, is what AIMM Technologies, Inc. ( Corp. Office in Texas City with branch office in Kenai, Alaska) is planning to do.

Our water is precious. AIMM Technologies plans to build a 1.2 million gallon monofill waste cell smack-dab on top of our aquifer near town. Nearly 600 people have signed a petition to prevent the dumping. We have an attorney who is fighting an uphill battle against corporate and political powers that seem linked to one another.

You folks in Texas City and Galveston need to know what AIMM is threatening to do to our community. If they are not stopped, it will mean poisoning the water, destroying property values, creating ponds to contain overflows of leachate and turning this little town into a ghost town as our few businesses move away.

We’ve been damaged enough. We need your support! Tell AIMM to find some other place to dispose of drilling waste. For more,Google: Nikiski Monofill. For full documentation, email Steve Chamberlain:

Norm Olson, Nikiski, Alaska
. . .and "God Bless Texas!"

normolson 11/14/13 - 09:38 pm
The letter I've sent

I've sent the above letter to several press, radio, and TV stations in the Galveston area. Somewhere among them must be a few people who would be startled by the pronouncement that "Texas Corporation threatens health of Alaska Town." With enough letters, I'm sure that public opinion will begin to do it's work. Please, please, google: radio stations Galveston.... or Newspapers Galveston Tx, or TV Stations, Galveston TX... Contact them and let them know that AIMM (a Texas Corporation is endangering this town in Alaska)... People in Texas WILL respond if they know. Here is a wonderful opportunity to see the power of the press and the power of public opinion....

Please send the proposed letter (above) to every one of these media outlets. Someone just may take notice...

Norm Olson

MathewCannava 11/19/13 - 03:33 pm
Way to go Norm

I agree wholeheartedly with you Norm-I'm with you!

...and I feel the comment regarding injecting into the ground in Soldotna/Kenai is a good one! I know that if they were attempting here what they are attempting there I'd be very angry! So rather than being insulted...I absolutely see your point!

"The people in the lower 48 are transfixed on Alaska's natural beauty. No TV program I know of will show how corporations are exploiting and destroying what we both enjoy and rely on."

...I've said this for years....

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