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Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - Take the oil out, put the rubbish in.


I'M going to throw myself at the mercy of any oil exploration experts here. Whilst sitting at work, watching the local garage's price board click round like a taxi meter, I started wondering if the problem of landfill could be solved on the back of oil exploration.

Man has extracted zillions of barrels of oil from the Earth, so this must obviously leave a vacuum where the oil used to be. This must be similar, in principle, to sucking the honeycomb bit out of a Malteaser: after a while, the outer shell will simply collapse. To save the planet from this scenario, couldn't all the landfill be pumped into the space vacated by the oil?

Either that or the expanding foam used to fill gaps by the construction industry?

There'll be lots more of this stuff until the football season returns.

PAUL DIXON, Stakeford, Northumberland
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 13, 2008
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