August 11, 2015

EPA spills toxic waste into Colorado river -- but CBC plays down Obama government's role

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

You don't see a yellow river very often, but the Animas River in Colorado is now mustard-coloured after 3 million gallons of toxic sludge were released. The governor has declared a state of emergency.

I've noticed that journalists and environmentalists aren't making a big deal about who released this sludge.

Normally they would -- remember the BP oil spill in the Gulf? -- but in the case, the culprit is Obama's Environmental Protection Agency!

That's why didn't mention that important fact until the seventh paragraph!

(Compare that to the time they turned one dead duck into national news in order to try to shame an energy company...)

Anyway, the EPA usually goes after polluters -- what will they do now? Sue themselves?

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commented 2015-08-12 15:45:55 -0400
WOW! This is unbelievable. I hope Canadians see the true colors of these environmentalists. It is no surprise that the left wing media did little coverage. We all know what MSM is all about. Great work Ezra
commented 2015-08-12 15:25:53 -0400
The practice of “bulkheading” is to blame for the mess, not the EPA. When you seal off a large mine shaft, the water accumulates inside. It is an old volcanic area, so stagnant water in an iron rich rock becomes increasingly acidic. As the acidity increases, it can begin to dissolve more rock and with it heavy minerals. The technical term is acid mine discharge – Yellow Boy. It wasn’t a tailings pond. It is unclear who did the bulkheading on this site, but what is known is that the EPA has been at odds with the local Animas Rivers Stakeholder Group for some time. The EPA has lobbied to have the watershed put under their environmental Superfund. When the EPA showed up on August 5th they were there to determine the level of the water behind the bulkhead, to catch a sample, and to figure out how to safely discharge the water. They massively underestimated the groundwater inflow into the mine and level behind the bulkhead (called an adit). Apparently with very little poking around the whole earthen works washed out and drained the entire contents of the adit in just about an hour.

So while you might want to blame the EPA entirely, it was an accident waiting to happen. The intent, it appears, was for the EPA to figure out how to safely drain and treat the Yellow Boy. I suspect that the poor planning and execution are only the tip of what is wrong with the EPA’s master plan for the area. Bulkheading old mines is not the best practice.
commented 2015-08-12 14:30:13 -0400
Barry couldn’t get to the site of the BP spill fast enough, but this disaster directly caused by his EPA is just a “nothing to see here”, Oblowhole moment.
commented 2015-08-12 08:46:59 -0400
Thanks Ezra that was a blast
commented 2015-08-12 05:11:56 -0400
Grampa Simpson: “Eepa! Eepa! Twisted tail! A thousand eyes! Trapped forever! Beware, BEWARE! Time is short, Eeeepa, Eeeepa, EEEEEPA! Believe me! BELIEVE MEEEEEEE!!”
Russ Cargill (head of the Environmental Protection Agency): “Mr. President, you chose me, Russ Cargill, most successful man in America, to head the EPA, the least successful government agency. Why did I take the job? Because I’m just a rich guy who wants to kick some ass for good old Mother Earth. I want to give something back. Not the money, but something.”
“Under the Dome” isn’t just a Stephen King novel, a TV show or the inspiration for The Simpsons Movie. The “dome” is real, people, and we’re already trapped inside.
commented 2015-08-12 00:02:50 -0400
CBC should clean up their own misgivings and not interfere in a foreign nations problems in other words its none of their fucking business
commented 2015-08-11 22:34:03 -0400
There’s probably more dead birds from hitting windows in the CBC buildings than will be found in Ft Mac tailing ponds.
commented 2015-08-11 21:05:35 -0400
I cannot wait for all the US federal laundry to come out when Obama and Clinton are incarcerated, and hopefully waiting for that needle.
commented 2015-08-11 20:22:32 -0400
The real issue is the naive idiocy of the general population. The general population enjoy being led by their nose ring and are incapable of independent thought or action. Sad.
commented 2015-08-11 19:09:42 -0400
The EPA’s ineptitude is an issue, but the bigger issue is the CBC’s article.
commented 2015-08-11 18:51:04 -0400
Good pun Joan, I like it :)
The regressive left keep talking about how elected officials need to listen to and act on expert advice. The EPA is supposed to be the bureaucracy of environmental experts. I guess Colorado can now testify as to how great that expert advice was when it came to stabilizing a tailings that was stable for 100 years. There will probably be more than one dead duck out of this, not to mention chemical DNA modification from the heavy elements…maybe that is how the EPA can be sued, the agriculture department can charge them with illegal GMO.
commented 2015-08-11 18:39:27 -0400
big fat stupid fkg gubbamint – fkg gewbermunt idiots!!
commented 2015-08-11 18:29:41 -0400
Embarassing for the EPA. It will all come out in the wash … eventually.