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Aug 09 2015

EPA Poisons Animas River in Colorado, Turns It Orange

When the EPA is not using puddles as an excuse to seize control of people’s property or helping Obama destroy the coal industry, it is preserving the environment — by turning rivers into toxic Tang:

Imagine if a business dumped a million gallons of mine waste into Animas River in Colorado, turning it into what looked like Tang, forcing the sheriff’s office to close the river to recreational users, and prompting the EPA to warn farmers to shut off water intakes along the river.

Oh, and imagine that the business also failed to warn officials in downstream New Mexico about the spill.

Such a calamity would probably lead the nightly news, with calls from environmentalists and the EPA for investigations, fines, lawsuits, and tougher pollution controls.

But it wasn’t a business that did this; it was the EPA itself:

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it triggered the spill while using heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine, north of Silverton.

Health and environmental officials are evaluating the river as it flows through San Juan and La Plata counties. They said the wastewater contained zinc, iron, copper and other heavy metals, prompting the EPA to warn agricultural users to shut off water intakes along the river and law officials to close the river to recreational users. …

“It is a sad day. The fish could be gone,” said Daniel Silva, 37, who was fishing near Durango as he does every day after work. “I am safety-orientated. Working in the oil fields, we take measures every day to prevent leakage. Why didn’t they? If this kills the fish, what do we do?”

Gasps Deputy Stephen Lowrance of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office,

“The river looks pretty nasty. It doesn’t look like water; it just looks like sludge.”

But the important thing is that the EPA saves the planet by harshly repressing the release of beneficial CO2 emissions.

On tips from J, seaoh, DinaRehn, Henry, and Rob E.



48 Responses to “EPA Poisons Animas River in Colorado, Turns It Orange”

  1. grayjohn says:

    The Environmental Pollution Agency begins it’s new mission.

  2. grayjohn says:

    The Environmental Pollution Agency begins it’s new mission.

  3. ouch! says:

    Incompetent Hypocrisy at its best.
    And no one will be fired.

    Thanks, Obama.

  4. ouch! says:

    Incompetent Hypocrisy at its best.
    And no one will be fired.

    Thanks, Obama.

  5. MicahStone says:

    “EPA Poisons Animas River in Colorado, Turns It Orange”
    –you just know they’ll have a good laugh over this

  6. MicahStone says:

    “EPA Poisons Animas River in Colorado, Turns It Orange”
    –you just know they’ll have a good laugh over this

  7. Buffalobob says:

    obama;s EPA sends 1 buizillion gallons of toxic waste into Colorado, then into New Mexico, and on to Arizona. How long before the hollywood nitwits protest this fiasco? Decraprio. not available for comment.

  8. Buffalobob says:

    obama;s EPA sends 1 buizillion gallons of toxic waste into Colorado, then into New Mexico, and on to Arizona. How long before the hollywood nitwits protest this fiasco? Decraprio. not available for comment.

  9. ouch! says:

    Why stop there?

    Send it all the way down to Mexico as payment for the filth they send north. (And fill the Rio Grande to discourage crossers and swimmers)

  10. ouch! says:

    Why stop there?

    Send it all the way down to Mexico as payment for the filth they send north. (And fill the Rio Grande to discourage crossers and swimmers)

  11. Appalled By The World says:

    The much admired and copied government of the USSR used to do stuff like this all the time-it’s only fitting that Comrade Obooboo imitates this policy as well in his own sovietized state.

  12. Appalled By The World says:

    The much admired and copied government of the USSR used to do stuff like this all the time-it’s only fitting that Comrade Obooboo imitates this policy as well in his own sovietized state.

  13. Henry says:

    We’re from the EPA, and we’re here to help!

  14. Henry says:

    We’re from the EPA, and we’re here to help!

  15. Workn4crap says:

    It’s not CO2 emissions, moron. My God, that last statement just put that entire story into the BS wastebasket.

  16. Workn4crap says:

    It’s not CO2 emissions, moron. My God, that last statement just put that entire story into the BS wastebasket.

  17. Workn4crap says:

    Weren’t the heads of all the sub-departments hired by G.W. Bush?

  18. Workn4crap says:

    Why yes they were.

  19. Workn4crap says:

    Weren’t the heads of all the sub-departments hired by G.W. Bush?

  20. Workn4crap says:

    Why yes they were.

  21. Hungjumper says:

    Zn, Fe, and Cu? All of which are stable metals. Sorry but that water will contain a whole helluvalot more than that folks. There will also most likely be arsenic, antimony, and cadmium to name a few of the little treasures that go along with ore reduction & benefication and the EPA well knows it.

    The fish? Dead.

  22. Hungjumper says:

    Zn, Fe, and Cu? All of which are stable metals. Sorry but that water will contain a whole helluvalot more than that folks. There will also most likely be arsenic, antimony, and cadmium to name a few of the little treasures that go along with ore reduction & benefaction. And lets not forget sulfuric acid, mercury, and the sodium cyanide used to leach the ore.

    The fish? Dead.

    Nice job EPA.

  23. Donna M says:

    Ahhh, urr, uhhhm?
    SooOOOOO!
    Just how many millions and millions will the EPA, have to pay out, to clean up THEIR mess!!!
    HUUUMMMM????
    Hey, San Juan County residents,
    This is your lucky day!!!
    File a class action lawsuit against the EPA!!!
    Sighting each and every grievance toward the agency, as being an intrusive, hostile entity!!!
    Yeah, they went to find pollution,
    And they sure found it…!
    It was theirs!
    What idiots!!!
    Hey EPA,
    I’ll sure be lookin’ forward to the extremely, HEAVY FINE!, your going to levy upon yourself!, ya’ morons!!!!!!

  24. Donna M says:

    Ahhh, urr, uhhhm?
    SooOOOOO!
    Just how many millions and millions will the EPA, have to pay out, to clean up THEIR mess!!!
    HUUUMMMM????
    Hey, San Juan County residents,
    This is your lucky day!!!
    File a class action lawsuit against the EPA!!!
    Sighting each and every grievance toward the agency, as being an intrusive, hostile entity!!!
    Yeah, they went to find pollution,
    And they sure found it…!
    It was theirs!
    What idiots!!!
    Hey EPA,
    I’ll sure be lookin’ forward to the extremely, HEAVY FINE!, your going to levy upon yourself!, ya’ morons!!!!!!

  25. WoodstoveBill says:

    Could not have found a better example as to why the EPA needs to be eliminated. In addition, since the EPA would have seeked criminal charges if a business had created this mess, it’s high time that EPA officials and anyone else who had anything to do with this fiasco, including the heavy machine operators, be prosecuted for violation of EPA laws. (How ironic!!)

  26. WoodstoveBill says:

    Could not have found a better example as to why the EPA needs to be eliminated. In addition, since the EPA would have seeked criminal charges if a business had created this mess, it’s high time that EPA officials and anyone else who had anything to do with this fiasco, including the heavy machine operators, be prosecuted for violation of EPA laws. (How ironic!!)

  27. bobdog19006 says:

    Well, hungjumper, at least they didn’t use any coal. Arsenic, sulfuric acid, mercury. and sodium cyanide are all naturally-occurring, socially responsible, renewable chemicals when used in compliance with EPA standards, ain’t they?

  28. bobdog19006 says:

    Well, hungjumper, at least they didn’t use any coal. Arsenic, sulfuric acid, mercury. and sodium cyanide are all naturally-occurring, socially responsible, renewable chemicals when used in compliance with EPA standards, ain’t they?

  29. Dr. Theo says:

    Here we go again–It’s Bush’s fault. In six and a half years Obongo hasn’t had time to fix some of these problems , between golf outings and vacations? It’s not like this is the first screw-up by the EPA under his administration, e.e., the diversion of much needed California water into the ocean in order to preserve a worthless fish whose ultimate demise is dubious (remember the spotted owl?).

  30. Dr. Theo says:

    Here we go again–It’s Bush’s fault. In six and a half years Obongo hasn’t had time to fix some of these problems , between golf outings and vacations? It’s not like this is the first screw-up by the EPA under his administration, e.e., the diversion of much needed California water into the ocean in order to preserve a worthless fish whose ultimate demise is dubious (remember the spotted owl?).

  31. grayjohn says:

    Don’t believe for a second it was an accident.

  32. grayjohn says:

    Don’t believe for a second it was an accident.

  33. kerri says:

    Haven’t heard of any dead fish. They should be all along the banks by now.

  34. kerri says:

    Haven’t heard of any dead fish. They should be all along the banks by now.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    Yet another part of the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America Obama has carefully planned. Are the affected states/communities primarily RED or BLUE in most elections?

    Also note that the EPA has admitted they (cough, cough) ‘underestimated’ (cough, cough) the size of the spill and are now claiming it was 3X larger.

    As noted, if they would spend less time, effort and money on ‘climate change’ and CO2 and more time actually doing good things right this never would have happened.

    But for me the most chilling takeaway is that these are the same sort of ‘government experts’ who are now making life and death health decisions for us all. Probably first checking our voting history.

  36. Bodhisattva says:

    Yet another part of the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America Obama has carefully planned. Are the affected states/communities primarily RED or BLUE in most elections?

    Also note that the EPA has admitted they (cough, cough) ‘underestimated’ (cough, cough) the size of the spill and are now claiming it was 3X larger.

    As noted, if they would spend less time, effort and money on ‘climate change’ and CO2 and more time actually doing good things right this never would have happened.

    But for me the most chilling takeaway is that these are the same sort of ‘government experts’ who are now making life and death health decisions for us all. Probably first checking our voting history.

  37. Bodhisattva says:

    I think they did say today, on the radio (local news break) that cadmium and other more dangerous/toxic metals are in the stuff.

  38. Bodhisattva says:

    I think they did say today, on the radio (local news break) that cadmium and other more dangerous/toxic metals are in the stuff.

  39. Bodhisattva says:

    OK watch and see which Obama campaign bundler gets the contract to fix the EPA’s mess. Or which person that is somehow affiliated with, or gave generous donations to, the Clinton Crime Family Foundation. Man, I wish I could get people to donate millions to a foundation set up to give me a six figure salary for life!

  40. Bodhisattva says:

    OK watch and see which Obama campaign bundler gets the contract to fix the EPA’s mess. Or which person that is somehow affiliated with, or gave generous donations to, the Clinton Crime Family Foundation. Man, I wish I could get people to donate millions to a foundation set up to give me and mine a six figure salary for life and all we have to do is go give short speeches on silly topics!

  41. Hungjumper says:

    The metals listed in the original press release were Zn, Fe, and Cu as I recall. Of course any metallurgical or mining engineer (such as I) would quickly call BS.

  42. Hungjumper says:

    The metals listed in the original press release were Zn, Fe, and Cu as I recall. Of course any metallurgical or mining engineer (such as I) would quickly call BS.

  43. […] environmental disaster the EPA caused at the Gold King mine in Colorado was predicted 6 days in […]

  44. Bodhisattva says:

    So basically the EPA lied not only about the size of the spill but also about how toxic/dangerous it was.

  45. Bodhisattva says:

    So basically the EPA lied not only about the size of the spill but also about how toxic/dangerous it was.

  46. Bodhisattva says:

    Actually, if you bother to check (moonbats never do) you find they were Clinton (and a few Carter) holdovers.

  47. Bodhisattva says:

    Actually, if you bother to check (moonbats never do) you find they were Clinton (and a few Carter) holdovers.

  48. […] environmental disaster the EPA caused at the Gold King mine in Colorado was predicted 6 days in […]


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