Environmentalist says new SeaWorld ride built on dangerous ground

Posted Monday, September 22, 2003 5:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

State and city officials are examining evidence that an environmental activist says shows SeaWorld's newest ride is being built atop an old toxic waste dump. SeaWorld officials, who said they have had no reason to believe there is a problem, are also studying the evidence presented to a San Diego advisory committee yesterday.

Read more from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Monday, September 22, 2003 7:23 AM
Ya wanna know what really caused the downfall of Atlantis? (happy-winky face omitted because it really isn't that funny)

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Monday, September 22, 2003 7:27 AM
Methane and hydrogen sulfide are common decompostion products from organic material. Check my septic tank or any city sewer, and I'm sure you will find both. Almost any stagnant spot will produce some of both. Finding a little in one test hole just indicates some organic decompositon. It doesn't indicate that a toxic waste dump was there. (It might indicate the presence of some old cow patties though)

The pier construction accident is irrelavent. Harbor sludges almost alway have some hydrogen sulfide and methane. This is the case even in pristine environments if there is any major amount of organic material in the sediment. An accident of this type is generally a result of failure to ventilate properly. Also, for a city to settle a wrongful death case for $10,000 indicates that the city made a nuisance payment to make a case that had no merit go away. No one is going to settle a wrongful death case that has any real merit for that little money.

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Monday, September 22, 2003 9:40 AM
Very good points Jim.

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Monday, September 22, 2003 12:46 PM
The article did mention high levels whatever that means. Hey, there are plenty of natural things that can kill or harm you...

Nevertheless, this all must have come out in the environmental impact report, or Sea World would not have received permission to build there right? They've already started building for goodness sake.

Anyway, interesting point about the low settlement. I just wonder whose responsibility the proper ventilation rode on...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 11:05 AM
This isn't the first time this has come up by these same groups. On a couple of previous occaisions their complaints have been found without merit and that there isn't a safety issue at all here. But these groups won't accept that and keep trying again and again.

What's being unsaid here is that several of the people involved in the "environmental" group are also some of the same neighbors that have been fighting Sea World's expansion or addition plans for years based on noise, added traffic, etc that they don't want in their neighborhoods. Of course those neighborhoods were built after Sea World opened, but that's besides the point. In any case, these people are not the protectors of the environment that they are pretending to be, hence why their claims are routinely ignored or thrown out after bieng investigated.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 11:18 AM
The reason I tend to disregard these people is that by this point SeaWorld covered all of their bases. It's bad enough that they don't even own the land, so I doubt they'd invest like this without doing their homework. Not only that, but come on... it's Busch. They're all about saving the planet.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 12:45 PM
On a related note, I saw a news report last night about how the city council wants to raise Sea World's taxes now that they are making capital improvements which will bring in more money. Kinda lame huh?

Probably inspired by the same people.

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