August 12, 2015

WATCH EPA chief finally apologize (not really) for toxic Colorado river spill

Rebel Staff
 

Days later, the head of the EPA finally "apologized" for the agency's role in dumping millions of gallons of toxic mining sludge into a Colorado river.

Imagine the CEO of a major corporation making a similar "apology" and the media and environmentalists letting him get away with it.

She says the EPA will be responsible for cleaning up the mess, but that's not what Colorado authorities are saying...


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commented 2015-08-17 19:09:12 -0400
I don’t think it was intentional, in the sense of the work crew intended to make a large discharge into the North Cement Creek. The crew was working on a mine adit close by and had put all the necessary ponds in place before they opened up the flow. While they were finishing up on the Red&Bonita, the Bulldozer and Crane headed to the #7. Someone thought it would be quicker to open the adit before they did the ponds. That wasn’t standard operating procedure. That was human error. No conspiracy.
commented 2015-08-14 16:26:03 -0400
I think this was intentional.
commented 2015-08-13 23:10:40 -0400
Hey you two trolls answer these questions why don’t you… You f#4king trolls can’t… Way to go Ezra, thanks for being the only media / news source in this country… Oh yea I forgot! The two trolls said, you don’t do news because the rebel is a joke… Hey you two Trolls answer the question, where is your beloved CBC? Oh yea they are not trying to think up more stupid shit on the PC’s… Trolls get a life.
commented 2015-08-13 23:05:58 -0400
Liza re: geologist engineers etc. Private industries in oil,mining pipelines hire the best graduates they can find. They even hire some of the best environmental scientist. Governments, however, gladly take their “specialist” from the bottom of the class.
commented 2015-08-13 20:49:30 -0400
Yes, I see what you are saying. I hope this story doesn’t die before the truth can be told.
commented 2015-08-13 16:28:42 -0400
Liza, this is not corroborated by any means, but I have been looking into the if and when the EPA got involved. I have looked at the imagery from Google Earth (imagery date 6/27/2104 and coordinates of mine site are 37.894445,-107.63808333). The road to the site is washed out and there is no indications of vehicle use or disturbance near the shaft. Now look at this EPA photo taken on 9/11/2014:
http://epaosc.org/site/image_zoom.aspx?site_id=11082&counter=247945&category=
You can clearly see that the site road has been graded, and the mine entrance has been altered.
So my WAG is that the EPA sealed up the adit a year ago and notified residents in 6/23/2015 of the plan to re-open it.
Very disturbing.
commented 2015-08-13 15:57:36 -0400
The hypocrisy of MSM shines
commented 2015-08-13 14:47:57 -0400
Back in June 23,2015, it appears that they had that plan, when it was disclosed at a town meeting. Are you saying the EPA does not consult the appropriate professionals, geologists, hydrologists etc. before implementing a plan?
I’m confused, I understand now, that it was not pressure so much as leakage through fissures due to the affects of the acidic standing water on the rock. So the whole thing was unstable. Too unstable to excavate. They didn’t have expert info before they started? They only had two bails of hay to sop up?
Sounds pretty strange to me, and astonishing, yes.
commented 2015-08-13 14:25:10 -0400
Liza, there was acid discharge coming from that adit, a plan was put in place to bulkhead the adit and stop the flow. I can’t find (yet) who actually did the work or when, but I think the geologist’s accounts suggest he might know more than the average Joe. This idea of pressure is just a function of the groundwater inflow. Someone dammed it up.
The GSA contractor was there according to the EPA site (http://www2.epa.gov/goldkingmine) to:
“assess the on-going water releases from the mine,
treat mine water, and
assess the feasibility of further mine remediation.”
The key element of that would be that the releases were on-going. Mine discharge. That should have been the first clue to NOT excavate without a plan. If they had a hydrologist on site, I am sure they would have told them not to excavate. the fact that they just dug the whole dam out is just astonishing. View the slideshow. 2 bails of Hay.
commented 2015-08-13 14:06:10 -0400
Do you mean Brad, that at some point the EPA, will have to admit criminal activity on their part, or will be found guilty of sabotage? They definitely did it, have more or less admitted to such, but according to geologist Dave Taylor, in Mary Ruth Olsons link, there was no way the EPA didn’t know exactly what was going to happen before they plugged up the Red and Bonita Portals. They had to have known that the pressure would be more than could be contained. In his letter that geologist explains the details and circumstances which would have been taken into account by any expert. They would have had to rely on hydrologists.
commented 2015-08-13 13:42:01 -0400
K. I have a good photo for Ezra.
http://epaosc.org/sites/11082/files/7.jpg
The photo is found on the EPA site dedicated to the Gold King Mine Release. 192 pictures from before during and after. They are fascinating.
So, what did the GSA contractors have on site for containment? 2 bails of hay.
Yep, 2 bails.
Happy Thursday
commented 2015-08-13 13:14:08 -0400
I was suspicious when I first heard of the disaster, after all it is an industry. Also what better target than something so old the company responsible can no longer implement its own investigation. There needs to be an independent investigation, but with Obama’s EPA, how on earth is that going to happen.
Dirty tricks.

Mary Ruth Olson, the letter in the link you provided dated July 30, 2015 , in which geologist and recent resident Dave Taylor warns of the repercussions of the EPA’s plan , and states that the EPA’s hydrologists have to know themselves, very well what will happen, is very compelling, and probably as close to any truth we will get.
commented 2015-08-13 13:00:08 -0400
Shit! Kathleen Wynne is moonlighting!
commented 2015-08-13 02:45:05 -0400
O course the media are letting the EPA get away with it. They’re only interesting in red-green propaganda, not news.
commented 2015-08-12 21:57:35 -0400
Obama’s EPA who are so quick to demonize the oil companies, but according to the leader “it was an accident”, well aren’t they all accidents really. If this was an oil spill, the media would be tripping over each other to interview & report, but alas, nothing to see here folks.