Letters to the Editor

Plenty of oil spilled by Katrina

I couldn't believe it when I read the letter ("Fuel supplies for next 15-20 years," July 24) saying that no oil was spilled during Hurricane Katrina. Research told me I was right -- 113 platforms were destroyed, 457 pipelines damaged and at least 741,000 gallons were spilled. Drilling for oil is not environmentally safer than it ever was; Exxon just wants you to think it is so that we'll give it the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Drilling will not bring the gas prices down, either. Oil from Alaska will go into the global supply, just like the oil they're already getting from Alaska. The United States has less than 3 percent of the global supplies under its soil. The government's own statistics say this would only save us 6 cents a gallon at the pump, and not until 2025.

STACY SHIRLEY

Modesto

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