Letter writer Danielle Lee (July 3, 2015) mentioned fracking in six of her letter’s seven paragraphs. The Refugio State Beach oil spill was due to a faulty pipeline, not fracking.
Regardless what her University of California, Santa Barbara professors have told her, the Environmental Protection Agency’s own research has shown there is no evidence that fracking has led to widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water (NPR June 7, 2015).
Ms. Lee should realize that the world’s ocean floors naturally seep more petroleum in just one day than all the combined man-caused oil spills in history. In fact, between Ventura and San Luis counties, there are some 2,000 active sea floor oil seeps. What should be of special interest to Ms. Lee is that natural sea floor emissions just offshore of Santa Barbara seep 25 tons of oil every day. That’s natural, not man-caused.
Growing up with friends on the San Clemente beaches during the 1960s and ’70s, there were some days that the bottoms of our feet would be black from the naturally seeped oil tars. We never gave it a second thought (until our mothers yelled at us for tracking the stuff into the house).