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May 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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Engulfed in oil spill

Posted by Letters editor

‘I imagined it’

“Underwater oil gusher a crisis no one imagined” [page one, May 1] is absurd. I imagined it and I think thousands of people across the globe imagined it.

I am sure members of the Norwegian Petroleum industry imagined it, as they have been quite critical of the technology the United States uses in its offshore drilling.

Probably hundreds of thousands of people imagined this disaster. Anyone concerned with the environment or our continued reliance on fossil fuels has imagined it. You could bet there are plenty of people in Louisiana who have lived in fear for years about such an event.

Check the record on oil leaks at drill sites on the continental shelf; If BP and Haliburton didn’t imagine this disaster, why are we still allowing them to drill?

— Nancy Moore, Bothell

Wake-up call renewed for alternative energy sources

There is already some credible scientific information to suggest that the British Petroleum rig explosion could well have created a situation in the crust of the ocean floor that could not be capped.

With some 200,000 barrels of oil per day escaping the largest known deposit of oil and natural gas, there remains the distinct possibility of the field emptying its entire contents. Given the fact that a single quart of oil is toxic to all oceanic life for 250,000 square miles, the virtual death of the oceans could result.

Now would be an ideal time to consider all renewable energy sources as if our lives depended upon it.

— Eddie Griffiths, Seattle

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