This letter to editor, posted below, was published July 30, 2015 in The Silverton Standard and The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist, one week before EPA mine spill. The letter detailed verbatim, how EPA officials would foul up the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money.
See an actual image of the letter below . . .
A week BEFORE the disaster:
“But make no mistake, within seven days, all of the 500gpm flow will return to Cememnt Creek. Contamination may actually increase… The “grand experiment” in my opinion will fail.
And guess what [EPA’s] Mr. Hestmark will say then?
Gee, “Plan A” didn’t work so I guess we will have to build a treatment plant at a cost to taxpayers of $100 million to $500 million (who knows).
Reading between the lines, I believe that has been the EPA’s plan all along.”
The EPA pushed for nearly 25 years, to apply its Superfund program to the Gold King mine. If a leak occurred the EPA would then receive superfund status. That is exactly what happened.
The EPA admitted they “misjudged” the pressure in the gold mine before the spill – just as this editorial predicted.
3 million gallons of toxic waste water from a Colorado mine has escaped and is working its way down two rivers into Utah and Lake Powell. At least seven city water systems dependent on the rivers have been shut down.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which accidentally spilled three million gallons of toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine in Colorado, lacks the technical skills to handle such tricky projects, a government assessment reported on Thursday. (nytimes.com)
Who coulda’ known?
I do not consent to government officials and representatives who break the law, who lie about their actions, or who ignore their sworn duty.