The Smart Sunnyside of Gold King #Animas Spill while the EPA has a Fracking Play Moment

Thank you The Weather Channel (KBO) for this footage and interview with Ryan Flynn, Secretary of New Mexico’s Environmental Department on August 11, 2015 regarding the Gold King Spill into the Animas River.

This spill affects seven different public water systems who draw their drinking water from this now (long term) tainted source.

In my experience with fracking spills and other industrial mishaps, there is a trend by the operators to report an initial underestimation of how much was spilled and (like in Arlington Gasland TX) a reluctance to immediately act to notify the proper authorities that an accident is in progress…such is what is being reported of the EPA regarding their actions following them recklessly causing the Animas Spill.

HOWEVER had the residents of Silverton allowed a superfund designation decades ago, this may not have played out this way.

Here in Arlington Gasland TX, our city council continues to be proud of their “Drill Baby Drill” mentality of all 99 square miles of Arlington TX. Likewise, the town of Silverton’s motto per the Washington Post is reported as The mining town that never quit.

The Washington Post reported, “The Animas River Stakeholders Group that was set up to deal with the issue after the mines were closed, which includes Sunnyside Gold Corp., didn’t have the estimated $12 million to $15 million it would take to treat the contaminated runoff. And for years, Silverton residents resisted EPA involvement out of fear that the “Superfund” label given to the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites would jeopardize the tourism industry — the only source of income that could replace the vanished mines. A few even hoped that the mines would reopen one day.”

Sorry Arlington you can’t be a fun, family-friendly tourist town with all these gas wells here.

Now that the Animas spill has brought the eyes of world on this colorful, yet toxic spill event, the only silver(ton) lining is more eyes are now open to the effects of mining. 

Yes that rhymed.

NOW is our time to act to finally clean up mining’s damages of the past by building in the true remediation costs in ALL (fracking) future mining projects.

While this concept of higher pricing for ANY type of mining will strain the affordability of renewable energy costs for solar and wind (as well as dampen battery powered electric cars’ affordability) ….this concept will have to include the fossil fuel industry who has long received a free pass from having their carbon footprints built into their cheap fuels that now are costing us dearly in the threat of human extinction from Global Warming.

Trinkets like gold do not have to be dug up…we need to put in place a new system of values and curse those unsustainable activities like the mindset that our economy has to keep growing…sorry NOT SUSTAINABLE.

No one has a quick, painless, non-sacrificial answer to our global problems, but here is a few I’ll toss out…

in mitigating our populations with birth control,

understanding and reducing those unsustainable food & activity choices,

putting a focus on trying to grow our own food sources, and

being happy with less is a start…

a smart start…even though that smarts.


And so I wrote the lyrics to this song, “Unwind Time” yesterday with the Animas Spill in mind…

Living for power – now feeling the pain

Ruling the earth for profit’s gain

Wasting tomorrow living for today

We gotta change & find a better way

*(chorus) Is there any point in destiny when the futures not kind?

Is this really how has it has to be?

All is lost is what we’ll find.

If only time would unwind. If only time would just unwind.

Decades ago we had renewables

Peak oil failed because of shale

The almighty dollar is in what we trust

We going down with mining’s boom & bust

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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