2012-03-02 / Letters

In Response To Editorial

Dear Editor,

I grew up in Rockaway and like to keep in touch through The Wave. To respond to the dangers in gas pipelines. We have gas pipelines all over the South. They cross our golf courses, parks and ROW’s behind our houses. This is called progress and we do not fight it.

BC would love to have the gas lines running behind their houses. One of the issues I see is that it appears that everything gets bogged down in talks. Some people like this, some people like that.

Four or five years later things are still stalled. You want power but don’t want an NGP station off the coast of Rockaway. You argue that canvas covers are not on some trucks to haul the dirt from the old power plant.

The covers don’t really do anything but the point is argued and six months later the dirt is still there. I live within site of the Williams tower in Houston and my neighbor is the head welding foreman for them. He puts 60” gas lines all across our country.

The regulations and procedures for installing these lines are impeccable. Do accidents happen, of course they do. Accidents happen every day on our roads, in our skies, in our parks and homes.

We do not stop the cars from driving the planes from flying. People need to sit back and let the people that know what they are doing move along with their jobs. They are not there to hurt you or ravage the earth and reap the profits.

Stop all the arguing, the committees, the meetings and the whining. You could have had everything you needed but tried to cherry-pick what you wanted. You were probably circumvented due to the fact that it was just not worth the hassle dealing with all the different factions. Look at the Keystone pipeline.

Think about this. There are already pipelines running through the area that is being discussed. The companies that put in these pipelines are so regulated that they have to leave the land in better shape than when they started. What is the REAL issue, “Politics.” A little common sense (that is not so common nowadays) and a little oversight would make everyone’s life easier.


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