Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 7:14 PM on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Good reasons to oppose gas line

I think that most of us would like to be healthy and happy and also know that others are healthy and happy as well. How do we get there? The answer is simple and was perfectly stated by Mahatma Gandhi "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

Many ask others to change yet are unwilling to do so themselves, a few examples are:

1. Condemning the outsourcing of jobs to other countries yet seeking cheap medical care elsewhere for themselves.

2. Asking the government for transparency yet hiding assets and incomes from the government.

3. Developing in someone else's back yard a project that one would never develop in their own back yard.

I recently opposed the new gas line to Homer for a number of reasons:

1. Environment: The well has already changed the peaceful environment in its immediate area and there is potential for it to change the ground water environment that feeds into the Anchor River.

2. Ownership: Through a Michigan-based holding company, Enstar is owned by a Wall Street Equity firm whose senior partner is a senior partner at Morgan Stanley. Based upon this I do not trust them to do the right thing as it pertains to the people and the environment in this area.

3. Human nature: Most people do not react unless pushed. With this gas line I fear we will not prioritize and push alternative sources of energy as if we are going to run out of gas tomorrow ... until we are going to run out of gas tomorrow.

Be the change: say "no" to the gas pipeline, then say "yes" to making alternative sources the highest priority for Homer energy needs ... as if there were no tomorrow.

Kevin Kreitz