Do the right thing

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2007

The federal Environmental Protection Agency recently re-issued the Clean Water Act permit that makes Cook Inlet the only coastal waterbody in the nation where oil and gas corporations can legally dump millions of gallons of toxic waste into our fisheries each year.

The new permit will almost triple the amount of toxic pollution entering our fisheries, with approximately 100,000 gallons of oil and over 830,000 pounds of toxic metals, including mercury, cadmium and lead, authorized for discharge annually.

Cost effective technologies exist to re-inject these toxic wastes so we can ensure the health of our fisheries and the countless families they support. With record high industry profits, Chevron and the rest of the Cook Inlet oil and gas industry are in a good position to do the right thing.

Bob Shavelson


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