Letter to the Editor, Bakersfield California, November 17, 2013
Tupman vs. the fertilizer giant
I live one-and-a-quarter mile from the site of the proposed fertilizer plant known as Hydrogen Energy California, or HECA. I’m 71, I’ve lived here 36 years, and I’m scared. We can’t fight big energy companies and really wealthy people. But this plant should not be built here; not just because of its proximity to the little town of Tupman, but because of the vulnerability of all the surrounding areas. It is a disaster waiting to happen — a disaster that could be very deadly.
The roads in the surrounding areas are going to be blood alleys. Think about the parade of big trucks HECA will require, then think about the fog. Well, I don’t give up without a fight. I don’t have anywhere else to go.
Sarah Goatcher, Tupman