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Published: Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Oil boom

Put some profits into pipeline safety

Regarding the article, "Trains carrying more oil across U.S. amid boom": Let's review: Last year the oil industry made a profit of $80 billion ... yes, that's with a "B." They received $2.8 billion in tax write-offs ... another "B." They paid $200 million in fines for the 16 spills. An industry representative cautioned against imposing stringent new regulations as it could force companies to divert money from other safety initiatives.
How about they add some money out of the huge profits to insure these pipelines are kept safe for our environment? This is a drop in the bucket compared to the impact the Keystone Pipeline could have in the future. Why would anyone trust the oil industry to provide future safety on new pipelines when they cannot or will not even provide it on the pipelines they now have?
Joyce Renee Lewis
Camano Island
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