Ventura needs to take action on LNG

Regarding the letter by Marcia Cummings (“LNG strikes back,” letters, 10/18/07): Those politicians that have not read this article should. The city of Ventura [just had] elections for city councilmen, this is a good time to find out how the sitting councilmen feel about liquefied natural gas.

Northernstar is proposing an LNG terminal 10 miles off the city of Ventura’s coast. If this terminal gets approved and built, it will affect all facets of the city of Ventura’s coastline including all recreational boating, all commercial and sport fishing, trips to the outer islands, etc.

In addition to converting Platform Grace, over the proposed three-year construction process Northernstar proposes to build Floating Docks” to provide berths for two 1,000-foot LNG tankers at a time, a subsea pipeline to connect the ships to Platform Grace, a new high-pressure subsea pipeline running approximately 11 miles from Platform Grace across the Santa Barbara Channel to Mandalay Generating Station, near Oxnard, and approximately 63 miles of new 36-inch high-pressure gas pipelines across Ventura County, from Oxnard to Santa Clarita.

In the past, Ventura’s city council members and mayor refused to take a stand on LNG when it was proposed off the coast of Oxnard and Malibu. The citizens of Oxnard and Malibu joined forces and beat back BHP Billiton’s LNG proposal. The cities of Oxnard, Malibu and Port Hueneme are already on record opposing this new LNG fiasco. It’s time for the mayor, councilmen and citizens of the city of Ventura to get educated on the dangers to their quality of life. If this project gets approved, the citizens of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will be changed forever with no way to go back.

Ed Ellis,Oxnard

Runkle Canyon coverage welcomed

I first wanted to thank you for your long and continued coverage of the ever unfolding saga of the Santa Susana Field Lab (See “Dirty Business,” Feature, 11/1/07). Boeing Co. and its partners have long been able to ignore regulation, and now we see more of the same old bad business of pressure on the regulators to relax enforcement, allowing them to pollute down the hill in all directions despite the obvious ramifications to the surrounding communities. I think Michael Collins’ many articles on the subject have revealed so much to help connect the dots of history, data and what we see today, and has helped to keep it in the news, thereby educating the public on this important issue. 

As those articles have shown without doubt, Runkle Canyon is an obvious loser if we are finding problems before the project even begins. These aren\’t problems that can be easily remediated, since they are still turning a blind eye to the concept of water running downhill, and if it contains contamination, that\’s going down the hill, too. KB Homes has ignored all the warning signs including the finding of strontium-90 and other contaminants which are obvious indicators of the off-site contamination from the field lab above. 

KBHomes is a bad idea for Runkle Canyon, and [the city] needs to talk to the polluter about an open-space solution that is protective of human health of the neighboring communities that are already here before worrying about adding any more communities to the list of \”at-risk.\”

Thanks again for your continued responsible coverage of this crucial and global issue. We can\’t protect ourselves if we don\’t know. 

Christina Walsh, Executive Director
Simi Valley

Radiation’s lifelong danger

I would like to express my gratitude for the fine reporting skills of Michael Collins.

I lived less than two miles from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. My father died of cancer of the larynx and lymphoma of the parotid gland at age 69. My mother lost her mental faculties and her death certificate states thyroid insufficiency, age 78. One brother died of melanoma at age 56. The other brother died of major multiple cardiovascular problems, age 59. My sister has degenerative bone disease and bipolar disorder. I have cysts on my kidneys and had a total hip replacement done last year. Yes, that is 6 out of 6 people.  Two of us are living, the rest dead. Why? Maybe it was because the water to our house was from a well. Well water we drank, cooked, bathed in and grew a garden with. Oh, I know, it must be bad genes. WRONG. I\’ve done that research, too. 

Let them build their houses. When the residents find out they are sick because of the toxic contaminants in the very soil their homes sit on, or they grow their tomatos or worse, the dirt their children play in, then what?  That should be profitable.

Heavy metals in Runkle Canyon? Like arsenic? Check out the link betweenarsenic and the most deadly form of cancer, melanoma. Yes, it is true. My brother found a lump on his shoulder in June 2005, by November 2005 he was dead.

Certain types of radiation seek out and do damage to the bones. I asked the doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles what causes lymphoma, their answer: radiation. At the time, I did not have any clue we had been exposed to it. I did not know about any of this until February.

How can it be this has never made national coverage?

I still do not understand how something like this has happened and the majority of people are unaware, or if they are aware, they are ignorant because they just do not want to be bothered by something that scares them, like illness. Unless it has affected you personally, then it is basically an annoyance to you. Unfortunately, what you don\’t get is this. It is affecting you, you just do not know it yet.  

We need more reporters like Michael Collins to get the truth out to the public.

Trudi Ferguson,Redding, CA

Lucky to have Collins

We are incredibly lucky to have had all of Michael Collins’ newspaper articles about the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory and the resulting radioactive and nuclear contamination, which has been caused by the nuclear meltdown in 1959. Michael has displayed admirable honesty and courage at all times and has never backed down from the cleanup struggle. He deserves not only thanks, but a real journalism award.

Margery Brown,Chatsworth

A job well done

I see the paper growing by leaps and bounds under your leadership! Congratulations!

I especially enjoyed the article by Matt Singer on the Rubicon Theatre 10th anniversary season (“Drama queens, kings of comedy and everything,” feature, 11/8/07), your article on the Mondol Mesa hillside project (“Hillside deal delayed,” news, 11/8/07) and Hannah Guzik’s article on the commuter rail system and Ventura’s Mobility Plan (“County on track toward commuter rail,” News, 11/8/07)

Keep up the good work!

Mike Merewether, Ventura