EPA Admits Spilling Millions Of Gallons Of Toxic Waste Into Colorado River - Stunning Aerial Footage

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By John Vibes via TheAntiMedia.org,

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal organization in charge of fining and arresting people and companies for damage done to the environment, spilled over a million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas river in Colorado this week. The waste came from an abandoned mining operation and turned the entire river a disgusting shade of bright orange.

The EPA admitted earlier this week that the spill occurred while workers from the agency were using heavy machinery to open the Gold King Mine, an operation that was shut down some time ago. While trying to enter the mine, the machines busted a shaft that was filled with wastewater, creating a leak into the river.

At first, the EPA attempted to downplay the spill and act like there was nothing wrong, but they were heavily criticized for those initial statements.

Dave Ostrander, the EPA’s regional director told reporters in a later statement that “It’s hard being on the other side of this.”

“We are very sorry for what happened. This is a huge tragedy. It’s hard being on the other side of this. Typically we respond to emergencies; we don’t cause them. … It’s something we sincerely regret,” he said.

However, some people are not willing to let the EPA off that easily, even some politicians have rightly pointed out that the EPA should be treated in the same way that any company or private individual would be treated if they poisoned the river.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, who is from the area where the spill occurred said the EPA must pay for their mistake.

“If a mining operator or other private business caused the spill to occur, the EPA would be all over them. The EPA admits fault and, as such, must be accountable and held to the same standard,” Tipton said.

In a statement released this Thursday, Taylor McKinnon, of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, said that

Endangered species downstream of this spill are already afflicted by same toxic compounds like mercury and selenium that may be in this waste.  Taylor McKinnon, of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement Thursday. “These species are hanging by a thread, and every new bit of toxic exposure makes a bad situation worse. EPA’s downplaying of potential impacts is troubling and raises deeper questions about the thoroughness of its mine-reclamation efforts.”

Aerial footage below:

The EPA actually has no concern for the environment, they just happen to use the environment as a cover story to create laws and gain an advantage for the companies that lobbied for exemptions to the agency’s regulations, and to collect money in fines. There are solutions outside the common government paradigm, and that is mainly the ability for individuals, not governments, to hold polluters personally and financially accountable.

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Haus-Targaryen's picture

Ok, how large of a fine do they have to pay?  I vote BP gets to decide.  

Headbanger's picture

Wasn't the EPA created only by executive order and not by act of Congress?

Latina Lover's picture

At least they apologized, unlike our Department of Defense that has killed millions on behalf of higher profits for the MIC.

HowdyDoody's picture

The EPA has obviously outsourced management of this to China.

AlaricBalth's picture

Had it been AlaricBalth Chemical Company instead of the EPA responsible for this disaster I would already be charged with environmental terrorism and enjoying a nice water boarding experience. This SNAFU will be swept under the proverbial rug by the current regime in Washington.

NoDecaf's picture

Yes yes yes.... Charge them a fine, and increase my taxes to pay for it. Then increase the EPA budget so they don't "make the same mistake"

J S Bach's picture

Mmmmm... now we can get orange roughy from Colorado instead of Australia.

PrayingMantis's picture



... Extreme Pollution Assholes ...

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This was an honest yet tragic mistake. This is exactly why I have repeatedly suggested that we set up secondary government departments tasked with overseeing the existing departments. This will ensure that our government is 100% accountable for its actions.

Brit_Abroad's picture

I do so enjoy your comments. The sarc is so thick you could spread it on bread and eat it all up

SafelyGraze's picture

the epa, by law, keeps the environment safe. 

safe for the birds.

safe for the fish.

and that is why, by law, this was not a spill.

and why, by law, it was not toxic.


chunga's picture

This is the same fiendish mob that runs flak for monsanto and banned primatene mist because it causes global warming.


Despite a number of studies linking exposure to the chemical with diseases including types of cancer, the EPA is increasing the amount of glyphosate allowed in oilseed and food crops.

Oh, and there's this...in case anybody doesn't see things their way.


Sources have further indicated that ammunition and firearms have been delivered to multiple agencies of the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service, among others.

El Vaquero's picture

The Animas flows through parts of NM that I have relatives in.  I've fished that river, and it is a kick-ass river to fish.  This really fucking sucks.  Fuck you, EPA.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

WTF is the EPA doing opening up a closed gold mine in the Rockies?  Re-enacting Ayn Rand?

SamAdams's picture

Precisely the question I have...

ReasonForLife's picture

It's painful to watch this happen to such beautiful nature.  For all concerned about their water, I would recommend taking a look at this filtration company, they are US Made Systems that remove heavy metals, radiation, fluoride and lot more: http://www.pureeffectfilters.com/

ParkAveFlasher's picture

All that is well and good, and misdirected, because, and I repeat, WTF is the EPA doing opening up a closed gold mine in the Rockies?

chunga's picture

My best guess would be that EPA goons were they looking for pollution so they could fine the mine operator.

rccalhoun's picture

Fire the managers that didn't do their due dilegence before digging.  FIRE and never re-hire.  Only in my fantasy.

Were the EPA personel playing on the CAT machinery?  probably.  it was probably like a kids party with grown men operating tractors they had little experience on.  I know...im in the grading and paving business.   fuck them.

ZD1's picture

Gina McCarthy, the Director of the EPA who has a clipped butch haircut and looks like a mean prison guard, has yet to comment on the spill.

She did take to her Facebook page to brag that she was on PBS talking about the EPA's Clean Power Plan and global climate change.

With her Bachelor of Arts in social anthropology, she believes that she's a scientific genius on the factors that effect the climate.





JLee2027's picture

Just another Dike (yes pun). I think GOD is assembling them all in one place for a single strike from heaven.

knukles's picture

Yeah, and out in CA they're still forcing us to wash (waste) 100's of millions of gallons of fresh water through the Sacramento River water system to save a fucking extinct species.  I mean, it's gone, people.

Buzz Fuzzel's picture

Which side of the Continental Divide is it on?  I hope it's flowing toward California.  They love the EPA.



ebear's picture

"WTF is the EPA doing opening up a closed gold mine in the Rockies?"

Is that a rhetorical question, or do you just lack the ability to do a web search?


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Your options are too narrow, and your critical thinking skills sorely lacking.  The article says NOTHING, other than, whoa! what a fuck up, like, oops, k? And still I wonder how people who do NOTHING for a living decide that they will save Mother Earth via playing with dynamite. 


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free shit plz (not verified) ParkAveFlasher Aug 10, 2015 3:15 PM

I like how the haus faggot with the first comment is still crying that a corporation was slapped on the wrist for fucking an ocean. And that they are too stupid to realize the EPA would pay a fine with taxpayer's money. That'll learn 'em!

Please remove the corporate fuckstick from your shfingshfing haus, they dont need fanboys they have politicians.

ebear's picture

My options are too narrow?

What the fuck does that even mean?

As for saying NOTHING, sorry, but what that article doesn't say speaks volumes about the agenda behind it. They could have looked up the facts just as you could have, and just as *I* did.

To do critical thinking you first have to assemble some facts.

TemporarySecurity's picture

I used to live in the area.  The Animas river was truly one of the most beautiful rivers around. Google images of it or the Durango Silverton narrow gauge.

general ambivalent's picture

Bullish for, 'Let them eat toxic sludge!'

ebear's picture

No, but it's bullish for bullshit.

Read all 8 pages of it, if you have nothing better to do.

curbyourrisk's picture

What else was in that mine?  What is being stored there?

chunga's picture

It's sickening...I so wish I had the discipline to ignore all this. You know if you got caught fishing without a license, some other jackboot outfit would come along and impound your tackle and lock you up. Fuck them is right, I hope I live long enough to see their world crash down on their heads.

Muddy1's picture

And the Animas HAD some nice flyfishing.

Those effin EPA employees who caused this should be sent to prison.  Employees of a private company would be and the company fined.  Hopefully, Colorado and New Mexico can figure out a way to fine the effin federal agency and their worthless employees.  Downstream is Utah, and Arizona with National Parks. 

This is disgusting.

Handful of Dust's picture

Can hardly wait until the EPA is put in charge of disposing our nucular wastes.



[PS: Bush spelling]

DaveyJones's picture

"NSA admits to spilling millions of emails into Utah sink hole..but does not apologize"


Tarzan's picture

True that, digusting

And their explanations are likely lies to boot...  We'll find the truth tattered and torn some day down the road...

I think I'll have to force myself to ignore this crap long enough to go broil up some of the Snapper we caught this weekend,

before these bastards outlaw fishing all together, and arrest me for eating THEIR fish, FOR YOUR SAFETY.

MansaMusa's picture

Stfu you racist chunga

Paveway IV's picture

Funny.... USUALLY when the EPA monitors environmental pollution that the government favors/causes, they usually just ban any coverage and keep their mouths shut.

Example: radiation. When Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant was flooded, they just got a no-fly zone declared around the plant so no news choppers could get disturbing footage. When Fukushima blew up or our Hanford site had a 'leak' or our WIPP had a fire and spewed radiation, they just turned off the radiation monitors and say nothing. 

The surprising thing here is that 1) they allowed any pictures of this, and 2) they didn't deny it outright. Too hard to cover up, so I suppose they are stuck admitting guilt since it's pretty obvious. I'm damn sure they will not have EPA people running aound gathering toxin samples or reporting them - even though they would have been all over this if it were someone they could fine (and somehow profit from) a private company causing this. I wonder if they're monitoring fish kills or sampling anything? 

F'king EPA loosers. Why do we even fund that agency?

El Vaquero's picture

There is no covering that up.  I've fished that river on private property held by relatives.  There is private land up and down that river that would involve kicking people off their land to shut them up.  That's not going to happen.

Cruel Aid's picture

study up, it will eventually happen. its the plan, its water after all. There is a war on ranchers via water.

WRT epa, they are the ones who wouldnt allow capturing the macundo bp wells surface oil because they couldnt capture enough of it. 99.something % of it... so they sunk it with corexit and its still there. ask george washington. im sure he has ammo on that.

My kneejerk was 'what is the reason/endgame that they perpetrated this'.

wisefool's picture

F'king EPA loosers. Why do we even fund that agency?

The same reason we fund the IAEA, DOE, and don't forget the Brain Trust at NIST who said WTC7 fell from ordinary office fires.

If you don't pay your taxes, Lois Learner will get one of her 75 I.Q. submissive gimps like Rudi Juliani, The Bush Boys. Cheney. Chertoff, etc. to transfer that all that degredation and violence they have spooled up.

ZD1's picture

Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution does not authorize Congress to legislate in the area of the environment, therefore, the EPA is unconstitutional. All 50 states of the Union have their own version of the EPA as authorized under the 10th Amendment. There is no need for a federal agency. The states of the Union can handle their own environmental needs as authorized by their legislatures.

JLee2027's picture

50% of the Government is the same way. Hell maybe more.