To The Editor
July 13, 2010
Highlands gas station
Before approving facility, consider broken promises that led to Gulf oil disaster
In response to Mr. Sheehan’s letter in favor of a gas station in the Issaquah Highlands, please consider the news from the Gulf of Mexico.
When the oil companies took more than 10 months to plug the Ixtoc leak (in 160 feet of water) back in 1979, they went on to convince the sleeping officials that they could safely drill in 5,000 feet of water.
Don’t worry, they said, we are prepared to clean up a leak of 200,000 barrels a day if need be. Besides, we know how to contain leaks underwater.
All of these gas station promises will be sitting on top of your drinking water, so as you turn on the tap, think about the Gulf of Mexico, BP and those who are now watching their way of life erode away. Of course, the gas would be closer to home.
Protest exposes Costco’s hypocrisy
I am writing in response to Warren Kagarise’s article (July 7) about the Greenpeace blimp flying around Costco. The article brought attention to several interesting aspects.
I think the article did a good job pointing out the hypocrisy of Costco. It can’t deny that it’s selling species such as orange roughy, Chilean sea bass, Alaskan pollock and many more species whose populations are dwindling. At the same time, it has a “sustainability statement” and its spokesperson says it is mostly selling farmed fish.
Still, we all know farmed fish can be even worse than commercial fishing — just take a look at Atlantic salmon. With the seafood Costco is selling, it is contributing to ruining a commonly shared resource by supporting bottom trawling, overfishing and depletion of species. How sustainable is that?
I think it was honorable that the Costco president met with the protesters, though. That shows that he at least gives a damn.