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Letters: Trust the oil companies on fracking?

June 26, 2013

Re "Why so much fracking hysteria?," Opinion, June 21

We'd be fools to trust the words of an oil industry lobbying firm.

That industry has generations of experience moving its product, but the spills never stop. Thousands of barrels of heavy crude oil were spilled in Mayflower, Ark., in March. People may never move back to their homes. In 2010, up to 1 million gallons of heavy crude were spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River. That still isn't cleaned up.

The fossil fuel industry can't keep its pipes from bursting, nor can it clean up its messes. So forgive Californians if we doubt the industry's assurances of safety.

Joanne Zirretta

Aliso Viejo

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