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Fight Over Oil Route Likely to Take Years

May 27, 1993

Your article "Report Criticizes Impact of New Pipeline Route" (April 27) describes in grim detail a long and discordant gridlock which will be forthcoming from the public hearings on the subject.

Considering its volatile nature, the dispute over selection of a suitable overland pipeline route to transfer Santa Barbara Channel crude oil to Los Angeles area refineries will go on for many years to come. Hence, it would be prudent for the California Coastal Commission to upgrade the "temporary" tanker transport permit (now expiring in January, 1996) to one of permanence.

The dicta of the U. S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990 affords to all of the concerned parties the faith in the security of tanker operations that they have previously sought. And those with previous opposition to tankering in our coastal waters should rest easy knowing that their deep concerns for disturbance of sacred burial grounds, fouling of wetlands and ground-water supplies, marring of scenic vistas, creation of noise and the pollution of air are eliminated.

BERNARD FRANKEL

Sherman Oaks

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