Re: your Sept. 25 editorial, Protecting our ocean treasure”:
It is nice to think that the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has been protecting a national treasure for the last 25 years.
However, it alarms me that the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is not opposing BHP Billiton’s proposal to build an offshore, liquefied natural gas terminal with three huge LNG tankers arriving per week, which will greatly increase the amount of pollution and greenhouse gasses in such a beautiful “sanctuary.” So much pollution that the Environmental Protection Agency has designated the Channel Islands National Park as a new and independent pollution zone.
What else shocks me is that the marine sanctuary will be honoring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at its 25th anniversary reception at the Biltmore Hotel. Is it aware that campaign finance records indicate that the LNG industry has donated over a million dollars to Schwarzenegger? Haven’t they heard that the governor’s top political adviser is running the LNG industry’s public relations campaign in support of an LNG terminal? Whose side is Schwarzenegger on?
I didn’t think that it was possible to put a price tag on a “National Treasure.” Nor did I think our Channel Islands were for sale.
— Lisa Collier, Ventura