Did The EPA Intentionally Pollute Animas River?

Animas River

A retired geologist appears to have predicted the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical waste spill into a major Colorado River.

Contaminated water containing lead, arsenic and heavy metals poured into the Animas River when a contractor working for the EPA accidently breached a dam at the Gold King Mine.

The toxic water has spread downstream into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, and is approaching Southern California. Initially, the EPA reported about 1 million gallons of contaminated water but later admitted that the amount was closer to 3 million gallons.

Before the incident occurred, retired geologist Dave Taylor wrote to the editors of the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper detailing how the EPA would foul the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money.

Taylor wrote: “Based on my 47 years of experience as a professional geologist, it appears to me that the EPA is setting your town and the area up for a possible Superfund blitzkrieg.”

Natural News reports:

Superfund is, according to the EPA’s website,

the name given to the environmental program established to address abandoned hazardous waste sites. It is also the name of the fund established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended…. It allows the EPA to clean up such sites and to compel responsible parties to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for EPA-lead cleanups.

Taylor references a June meeting between the newspaper’s editors and a representative from the EPA, who reportedly told them “we don’t have an agenda” – meaning the agency – a statement which Taylor described as “either ignorant naivety or an outright falsehood.”

He went on to lay out “the scenario that will occur based on my experience,” in which he says that, after the plugging of the breached dam, exfiltrating water will be retained behind the ramparts, “accumulating at a rate of approximately 500 gallons per minute.”

In the long run, he believes the “grand experiment” of essentially putting a cork back in the bottle will “fail.” Then, he believes, the EPA will come back and say that, since its plan failed, “we will have to build a treatment plant at a cost to taxpayers” of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Reading between the lines, I believe that has been the EPA’s plan all along,” Taylor continued. The proposed plugging plan, he says, was EPA’s way of getting its foot in the door “to justify their hidden agenda for construction of a treatment plant.

Silence is deafening

“After all,” he continued, “with a budget of $8.2 billion and 17,000 employees, the EPA needs new, big projects to feed and justify their existence.”

As noted further by Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, whatever the motivation of the EPA, environmentalists are currently engaged in a double standard.

“If this kind of behavior were exhibited by an oil company, environmentalists would be screaming for the arrest and imprisonment of the CEO,” he wrote in a recent article. “But somehow when the government becomes America’s worst polluter, the lies and cover-ups are all quietly excused, it seems.”

As further noted by The Washington Times, though the Gold King Mine spill is not on the same level as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. President Obama was quick to criticize the oil giant, famously saying he was looking for someone’s “ass to kick” while prompting Ken Salazar, then the Interior secretary, to keep his “boot on the neck” of BP.

No one really expects that anyone at EPA will be fined or lose their job, however. After all, when government causes these sorts of disasters, they are “accidents,” but when it happens to a private corporation – especially one as “politically incorrect” as Big Oil – then it’s “incompetence” that must be resolved through fines and other punitive action.

Meanwhile, Obama’s continued silence on his EPA’s mistake is deafening.