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Dear Mr. Tony Haywood (From one geologist, Chris Landau to another)

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It will now take 10 to 20 years to die, but the death blow was the explosion and sinking of the Deep Water Horizon rig.

By the way, have you ever looked at the make up of the organic compounds in gasoline or petroleum apart from ethanol, they are all poisonous or carcinogenic. Individually they are known as toxic, carcinogenic organic compounds, such as compounds, like, Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene and Xylene. They get into our water, our foods, our animals and our plant life. They get stored in our fat cells. They basically sit there for 10 to 20 years destroying us, these two hundred or so compounds called oil, killing us slowly.

An Educated Man.

Now I know you are an educated man, because years ago when we chose geology to study at university, it was not for the money. It was for the beauty of crystallography, for geological relationships of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. It was for phase diagrams and for the chemistry of those relationships that brought on the "Aha" moments. It was for knowing the difference between pyroxene and olivine. And when you saw Kyanite, Andalusite or Sillimanite in the field, you knew what temperature and pressure regimes that rock had undergone. It was for understanding solar synthesis of the elements and the grand time scale of the billions of years that have gone before us. It was to give us perspective. It was to hold a 3.5 billion year rock in ones hand. We were the chosen ones. Those lucky enough to understand the complexities all around us and the inter relationships, when others only saw skin deep. We were lucky to be able to look at the big picture.

These shadow men did not come forward to help you in your time of need.

You know I do not know the other oil company CEO'S names. I also do not care to look them up. These shadow men did not come forward to help you in your time of need. They hoped that they would not be noticed and that BP would take all the blame. But those times have passed. The oil industry is to blame for the untold suffering that it causes in chemical harm, in the physical abuse of the drilling hands working under atrocious conditions on thousands of rigs across the world. You say you pay these people well. They are paid fifty to one hundred percent above other general labor, but at such a price to their health and psychological well being, you burn them up in five to ten years.

People are not disposable items. The world is not disposable.

There is no other planet in our solar system that we can hop across to, once this one is too toxic to live on.

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I was born in South Africa in 1958. I came to the USA with my wife and three daughters in 2003. We became US citizens in 2009 and 2010. My wife Susan is a Special Education English Teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in Micro anatomy and (more...)

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