Was the Animas River Spill a “Superfund Blitzkrieg” to fund favored contractors and new projects?
News related to the Animas River spill continues to stream from Colorado, including the discovery that a warning that a spill of wastewater was likely if EPA’s plans to drain the mines went forward as planned had been issued a week earlier.
The Silverton Standard published an eerie prediction made by professional geologist Dave Taylor detailing a sequence of events that could lead to environmental catastrophe on July 30, 2015. The editorial included the assertion that the EPA was poised to launch a “Superfund Blitzkrieg”. Gateway Pundit has a copy of the full letter; a summary of the key points I would like to cover is below:
…Based on my 47 years of experience as a professional geologist, it appears to be that the EPA is setting your town and the area up for a potential Superfund blitzkrieg.
…[M]ake no mistake, within seven to 150 days all of the 500 gpm flow will return to Cement Creek. Contamination may actually increase due to disturbance and flushing action within the workings.
The “grand experiment” in my opinion will fail. And guess what [EPA representative] Mr. Hestmark will say then?
Gee “Plan A” didn’t work so I guess that 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 the EPA’s plan all along. The proposed Red & Bonita plugging plan has been their way of getting a foot in the door to justify their hidden agenda for construction of a treatment plant. After all, with a budget of $8.2 billion and 17,000 employees, the EPA needs new, big projects to keep them in existence.”
Prior to the Obama Administration, I would be skeptical of an agency generating a major crisis in order to fix the problem it created. However, in the wake of Fast and Furious, this possibility must be considered.