2010-09-03 / Letters

Like 55 Atom Bombs

Dear Editor,

So you thought that the offshore pipelines off Coney Island to carry natural gas was beaten down by environmentalists.

Maybe the Atlantic Sea Island Group and the Exxon Blue Ocean Energy may be gone according to an article in the Brooklyn Bay News, but along comes Liberty Natural Gas 30 miles off the shores of Coney Island with a plan to fuel 11 million homes in New Jersey by the end of next year according to Jason Goldstein, representing Liberty Natural Gas.

Sean Dixon, a lawyer for Clean Ocean Action, which opposes the project, stated that the tankers carrying the liquefied natural gas are like giant loaded bombs. Dixon also stated that the turret system anchoring the pipeline could destroy as much as 76 acres of the ocean floor eliminating fisheries and coastal tourism and much more.

Critics claim that an explosion at the Liberty Natural Gas facility along with the tankers would be the equivalent of 55 atomic bombs that would wipe Brooklyn completely off the map. Now how would little old Rockaway fair in something like that? We might as well put our heads between our legs and kiss our arshes goodbye. Why on earth would anyone or any company want to build something with the potential of such catastrophic force? And what about Murphy’s law? “Anything that can happen will happen.” Or something like that. Did we learn anything from the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, or was that so long ago we forgot already?

Don’t blame the big oil companies or the gas explorers. Most of them reside along the coasts of France far out of hearing range from a tanker exploding off the coast of Coney Island. Brooklyn What? Oh that Brooklyn? Pass me the wine please. Not that junk, the Dom Perignon you twit. They were all peasants anyway.

JOHN BAXTER

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