Dear editor:

Very enlightening column from J. Shaw, J.D. Seems as though the folks most likely to be harmed are the homeowners and residents in Aransas County, when our pristine bays are fouled, and boating, fishing, crabbing, oystering and hunting is no longer an elegant draw to our “Jewel on the Coast”.

Perhaps pre-emptive litigation can enforce serious, stringent anti-pollution requirements and heightened open testing to ensure our bays and subsoil are not contaminated like the sad state of Corpus Christi Bay, where boating and fishing are non-existent.

The resulting permanent prospect of homeowners’ losses in value is more easily recognized in the aftermath of natural disaster Harvey, where an end result and return of our attractions could be envisioned after homes and business repairs.

That is very unlikely in the event of permanent pollutant damages from uncontrolled steel and petro processing. New Jobs are very welcome, but let’s ensure the health and quality of our environs and our fortunate generations of citizens.

Gary Gilbert

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