Re: “Gloves come off in new LNG dispute,” (News, 9/20/07)

Just a few months ago, the California State Lands Commission, the California Coastal Commission and local community members gave a resounding \”no\” to the BHP Billiton Cabrillo Port liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal off the coast of Oxnard and Malibu. In addition to the numerous negative economic, environmental and safety issues, this project was killed because BHP could not show any credible evidence of any need to import LNG into California.

But now NorthernStar LNG thinks that they can somehow get approval for their Clearwater Port project off our coast. They are proposing to use the old oil platform Grace for their terminal with docking berths for two LNG supertankers at a time. This site is only 10.5 miles from Ventura at its closest point to the coast. New high pressure pipelines would come onshore at Oxnard\’s Mandalay Beach and travel up the levee of the Santa Clara River to the natural gas distribution center in Somis. The pipeline would pass by schools and homes in the River Ridge and RiverPark areas of Oxnard and by El Rio.

NorthernStar plans to locate in the environmentally sensitive Santa Barbara Channel close to the Channel Islands National Park and Channels Islands National Marine Sancturary. The LNG tankers would travel by a wide swath of our coast and across the shipping lanes. The LNG tankers and terminal would operate in an area rich with endangered and protected species, including blue whales like the ones recently killed by ship strikes.

There is absolutely no reason to threaten the health and safety of our residents and marine life for a project that is not needed in California. Even NorthernStar says little about the needs of California, but only that they intend to be a major gas supplier for the rest of the nation.

Community members from Malibu to Santa Barbara must come together again to stop NorthernStar\’s LNG project. Plan to attend the EIS/EIR scoping meetings October 3, 1:30 to 3:30pm and 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. Each session will be preceded by a one-hour open house with representatives of NorthernStar, the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S. Coast Guard and State Lands Commission.

Shirley Godwin,

Oxnard

It would seem that everyone but Mike Morgan (see “Gloves come off in new LNG dispute,” News, 9/20/07), who represents Camarillo on the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Board, has a copy of the U.S. Geological Survey\’s (USGS) Open-File Report 2004-1286.

The report, requested by our Representative Lois Capps, clearly shows that the oil platform Grace sits over a seismic fault.

Should Mr. Morgan care to, he can download the USGS seismic study at the following link: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1286/

This study has been out since 2004. Makes you wonder how Mr. Morgan made informed decisions about BHP Billion\’s \”Cabrillo Port.\”

Eugene D. Hubbard,

Oxnard

Childhood obesity a threat

On this sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, a much larger threat to our nation is rearing its ugly head. Researchers at Atlanta\’s Morehouse School of Medicine have just reported a rising rate of high blood pressure among America\’s children. Based on surveys of nearly 30,000 children aged 8-17 by the National Center for Health Statistics, the report was published in the September 25 issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

More than 400,000 American children are developing high blood pressure, a chronic precursor to heart attack and stroke that has traditionally afflicted only adults. The leading cause is the childhood obesity epidemic brought on by a diet grounded in sugary foods and drinks and fat-laden meat and dairy products.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of children consume excessive amounts of fat and only 15 percent eat the minimum daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. It\’s no wonder that most children are overweight and one in six are obese. Childhood dietary habits become lifelong addictions.

Parents should insist that children consume more whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fresh fruits. They should work with their PTAs to demand healthy meals, snacks, and vending machine items in schools. Helpful resources are provided at www.choiceusa.net.

Charles McGregor,

Ventura

Taking back Ventura West

Sept. 10, 2007: A little after 10 P.M. a man wanders onto the apartment grounds of 512 & 530 Cedar Street, appearing to be unable to walk or stand on his own. He flashes a gun to two male tenants and says he is looking to get loaded. He is acting friendly, but the appearance of a gun makes the tenants nervous. He proceeds to make contact with other tenants in the building who do not know he has a gun, even wandering into an open door of the resident manager\’s apartment. Minutes pass, the neighbors are communicating, and the resident manager calls Ventura Police after being told the man has a gun and is flashing it. VPD, within minutes, pick up the suspect and find the gun. That is the important message that people who live in fear in West Ventura need to hear. Communicate, watch out for each other, talk to each other and when in trouble, call Ventura Police, 339-4400 or 911. The tenants at Ventura West muse “What if they had not called? Where could that gun have ended up? What could that suspect have done? Why was he carrying it?”

But they don\’t have to wonder, and no one got hurt tonight, because of a communal attitude at the Ventura West Apartments, once one of the worst places to live in Ventura.

Deborah Cross,

Ventura