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Letters: Grumman suit and toxic plume

The Bethpage water tower is pictured. (April 30,

The Bethpage water tower is pictured. (April 30, 2012) Credit: Barry Sloan

The Bethpage Water District has sued Northrop Grumman Corp. for actions allegedly taken decades ago ["Suit filed against Grumman," News, Nov. 19].

The water district claims that Grumman trespassed by wrongfully using its own property in a manner that created plumes, inundating the water that the plaintiff now removes from the aquifers under Long Island. If this action by Northrop Grumman is a trespass, is not the removal of the water under homeowners' properties by this water authority (and every water company or authority on Long Island) a similar trespass?

Would homeowners think otherwise about a trespass if they had oil under their properties and it was being taken by ExxonMobil Corp.?

The basis for claiming trespass in this lawsuit isn't very strong.

Saul Weinstein, Woodmere

So Northrop Grumman is being sued over toxic water? Talks between Northrop Grumman and the Bethpage Water District broke down years ago.

The company has mostly moved off Long Island, even though it was given massive tax breaks to stay and made promises to increase its presence here. Is this any coincidence?

Carla H.S. Goldberg, Massapequa Park