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December 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Rep. Doc Hastings renews fight over Alaska oil drilling

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Difficult to clean up oil spills

Offshore drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean is a huge mistake. [“Rep. Hastings renews fight over Alaska refuge drilling,” page one, Nov. 19.]

The risk factors, which are many, make it virtually impossible for the oil industry to clean up after itself, thereby causing great harm to our fragile environment.

Even though Shell says that they can clean up 95 percent of oil spilled in the Arctic, only 3 percent was cleaned up in the Gulf last year and only 8 percent was cleaned up after the Exxon Valdez spill. The devastation of our marine ecosystem is imminent if Shell is allowed to do this. We need safer, cleaner offshore drilling and a new way of making decisions about drilling now.

— Mary Grider, Everett

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