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WLOX Editorial

Think about the future, don't dump oil waste in landfill

While some tests have shown the tar balls and other oily residue being collected along our beaches are non toxic, we are still opposed to that waste being placed in our local landfill. Our concern is about the long term impact.

We need to think about future generations, 50 to 100 years from now. What would happen to our drinking water on the coast if for some reason the landfill liner would leak and oil does seep into our water supply?

We are always asked to recycle the oil after we change the oil in our cars and trucks and not discard it in our garbage. But on the other hand we are taking thousands of pounds of tar balls and other oily waste and dumping them into our landfill. If a way has been found to recycle oil from our cars, why can't what's being cleaned up from BP's spill also be recycled?

The Pecan Grove Landfill was originally built to service the residents of Harrison County. Now we are putting in waste from a private company, which could shorten the life span of the landfill.

You may remember the controversy surrounding the building of the landfill a number of years ago. The residents at that time were concerned that waste could be brought in from outside the area. They never dreamed the waste would be coming from a gushing oil well miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

We are the current stewards of this area and we need to make sure we leave the Gulf Coast in as pristine a condition as how it was left to us. If not, then we are failing our future generation.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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