Locals Had Been Pleading With EPA to Stay Away for Months Before It Caused Gold King Mine Disaster

Dave Taylor, who predicted the EPA would deliberately create an environmental crisis in the Silverton, Colorado area, isn’t the only one who dearly wished even before the Gold King mine catastrophe that this pernicious agency would stay away:

Five months before the Animas River toxic spill disaster, leaders from the tiny Colorado mining town of Silverton pleaded with EPA officials to not perform tests that would declare the area a Superfund site.

Yet the Environmental Protection Agency was intent on ferreting out “widespread soil contamination” from historic mines, even though the town was tested five years ago and no problems were found.

As readers are probably aware,

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On Aug. 5, an EPA crew breached a debris dam at the old Gold King Mine, and 3 million gallons of water containing lead and arsenic flowed into the Animas River. The poisons turned the water bright orange and have since flowed into Utah and New Mexico, creating an epic disaster affecting farmers, towns and the Navajo Nation, which rely on the water.

Regarding Dave Taylor, who predicted before the spill that the EPA would create such a catastrophe so as to have a crisis not to let go to waste,

Taylor wasn’t too far off. When asked in the town meeting whether the EPA wanted to declare the area a Superfund site, EPA project manager Paula Schmittdiel said, “That’s still a point of discussion.”

With mining now a bygone industry, Silverton relies on tourism for its livelihood, and town leaders said making the area a Superfund site would be “a knife in the economy.”

By now, you could almost believe this to be the reason for targeting the area as a Superfund site. Particularly under Obama, the EPA has proven itself to be primarily a vehicle for economic sabotage, concerned not so much with the environment as with lowering our standard of living, which is still far too high according to the leftist ideology of our rulers. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the war on the indispensable coal industry, which promises to significantly lower the standard of living for the entire country by fulfilling Obama’s promise to make energy prices skyrocket.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy toured a riverbank in Durango, Colorado on Wednesday — one week after the spill and after media reports started becoming extremely hostile toward the Obama administration. She said the river seemed to be “restoring itself.”

Nature will tend to do that when envirofascists refrain from meddling. Funny they didn’t say the same for the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon spill, while they were shaking down BP for $18.7 billion — even though that time it would have been true.

Handiwork of the EPA, courtesy of your tax dollar.

On tips from Stormfax and Bill T. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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