Legacy of Exxon Valdez spill lingers

Monday, March 24, marks 25 years since the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The disaster rocked the country and illustrated just how devastating our dependence on oil could be to wildlife, the environment and the local communities that depend on them. Oil can still be found today on the beaches, the local fishing economy is depressed and Exxon continues to balk at taking full responsibility for past and future impacts.

It’s a story that played out again with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf four years ago as well as gas migration incidents in Los Angeles, including the 1985 Ross-Dress-For-Less explosions and fires in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles. Today, fracking is taking place in the Baldwin Hills and elsewhere in Los Angeles as the oil industry ramps up its dirty, unhealthful practices.

No matter where it takes place, dirty fuel development leaves a legacy of destruction, threatening our climate, water and special places. From the Arctic Ocean to the oilfield under the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey — where abandoned wells continue to act as conduits for oilfield gasses —  extracting dirty fuels leaves danger in its wake.

The legacy of oil extraction counteracts efforts to fight climate disruption, such as the Obama administration’s new fuel economy standards. It’s time to learn from our past and start embracing clean energy and climate action over dirty fuels.

Patricia McPherson
Mar Vista

Try starting another ‘Chain Reaction’

Re: “He’s Heard Enough About It,” letters, Feb. 27

About Jerry Rubin and Chain Reaction: I’m also tired of hearing or reading about it.

But instead of sending him into deep space (as the author suggests), he still can serve a good purpose here on Earth.

Why not lead an effort to reduce homelessness in Santa Monica by 50 or 100 persons per year over the next decade or so?

Your newspaper has given Rubin a platform to express his passion for Chain Reaction, but he does not represent the majority of people in Santa Monica. There are more important issues to tackle, like the deteriorating sidewalks and crumbling infrastructure on the Westside.

Stefan Treff
Santa Monica

MdR traffic is just too much
I was just on my way to the grocery store and had to turn right around and go back home. Traffic on Via Marina, Admiralty Way and Washington Boulevard just wasn’t moving — at all.

Has anyone given any thought at all to these grand construction schemes? They were supposed to be done with this last month. Instead, here they are ripping up the roads again, and again, and again.

Seriously: When is enough, enough? After living here for over 10 years, I’m seriously considering moving away from Marina del Rey — far away. I’ve had it with this nonsense!

Syd Vogler
Marina del Rey

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