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