Community fears about toxic emissions from the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) gas power plant planned for Wawayanda, New York, have not troubled town supervisor John Razzano. He expressed skepticism about reports of adverse health effects among residents near the Minisink gas compressor seven miles away. But experts disagree.
On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker collided with the Blight Reef in Alaska, spilling at least 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. Some estimates put the number as high as 38 million gallons. The spill was on record as the largest in US waters until the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, and the immediate aftermath was devastating. 250,000 seabirds died and billions of fish eggs were destroyed, crashing the marine food web.
The pace of our high-tech evolution has rapidly crossed the line of environmental sustainability, ravaging any sense of balance between what the Earth can give to support human activity and what the Earth can safely re-absorb from those activities.