The House Oversight Committee has released dramatic footage of the disastrous Gold King Mine spill that sent three million gallons of toxic water into the river systems in Silverton, Colorado last year.
The Environmental Protection Agency was onsite attempting to insert a pipe above the mine to assist in pumping out the toxic water from inside the plugged mind. Yet by admission, they misjudged the pressure and the plug was dislodged sending the yellow/orange sludge pouring into the valley. It was a disaster that was predicted by a local geologist who sent out a prophetic warning a week prior to the spill and no one listened. That man, Dave Taylor, said the EPA did this on purpose as a “Superfund blitzkrieg” to secure a contract to build a treatment plan to clean up their own mess. The EPA later admitted it knew about the blowout risk.
The video begins as the sludge pours out from where heavy machinery was digging. “Should we get out of here?” a worker asks as the water reaches his feet. “We were digging high,” one observed. “We were digging really high,” the cameraman exclaimed.
As the workers wondered if the machine would be able to close up the hole, they panicked: “Should we get out of here?” — “What do we do now?”
The footage continues as the toxic water rages through the beautiful valley. The man filming is in shock: “I cannot believe it.”
To date, no one has been charged with a crime even though federal investigators found plenty of evidence.
The chairmen of the Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), and House Oversight and Government Reform Interior Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting an answer as to why they have decided not to pursue criminal charges. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General found evidence of criminal wrongdoing by an EPA employee including direct discharge of pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act and providing false statements in a criminal investigation, according to a press release.
Excerpts from the letter are below, accusing the DOJ of protecting its pals at the EPA:
“The Gold King Mine disaster resulted in three million gallons of wastewater containing toxic materials, such as lead and arsenic, pouring into the Animas River. … This is a serious incident and it deserves a serious response from the U.S. Department of Justice. …
“By not taking up the case, the Department of Justice looks like it is going easy on its colleagues in EPA. Its lack of action on these charges give the appearance of hypocrisy, and seem to indicate that there is one set of rules for private citizens and another for the federal government. The EPA disaster deserves the same level of accountability to which private citizens are held. …
“Furthermore, research conducted by Oversight Committee staff indicates a large gap between the number of criminal referrals from inspectors general across the federal government and the number of prosecutions taken up by the Department.”
Isn’t it strange that when the federal government investigates itself, charges are rarely filed?