LETTER: Tankers and pipelines are fine, until they’re not

Yes, it’s true thousands of ships around the world travel in and out of ports without incident. But what happens when there is an accident?

For me, I don’t have a problem with oil tankers or ships coming and going, or with pipelines. The problem for me is what happens when there is a leak or accident.

As has been demonstrated in the past, the response time is grossly inadequate and I don’t have any reason to believe that it has improved that much.

We live in an environmentally sensitive area that may never recover in the event of a major spill, so having a mediocre response is not acceptable.

The odds are slim for sure that a major spill will happen. But to pretend that it will never happen is naïve.

So prove to me that spills will be handled within hours, not days, and I’ll jump on board.

George Olmstead


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