Private Citizen Tried to Protect the Environment from EPA but was Out-Gunned

The owner of the Colorado’s Gold King Mine attempted to keep the EPA off his land to protect the environment.

The so-called Environmental Protection Agency polluted a river with impunity. Furthermore, they may have done it intentionally.  Now, we find out, a property owner fought the good fight to save the river but could not withstand the powers of the EPA. They used their power to fine him to threaten him and make him give them access.

As the Washington Times reports, “Mine’s owner says he tried to keep out EPA but was threatened with fines.”

The owner of the Colorado’s Gold King Mine says he tried to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from gaining access to his property, but that he relented after the agency threatened to pound him with ruinous fines if he refused.

Mine owner Todd Hennis said that he had little choice four years ago but to allow in an EPA-led crew, which triggered the Aug. 5 blowout that sent 3 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater down the Animas River.

“When you are a small guy and you’re having a $35,000 a day fine accrue against you, you have to run up the white flag,” Mr. Hennis told CBS4 in Denver.

So a Federal agency charged with protecting the environment used it’s extreme government powers to coerce someone who was preventing them from pursuing their agenda—which ended in massive pollution of a river.

And why did Hennis want to bar the EPA from his property? Because he believed they had a history of damaging the environment!

Mr. Hennis said he opposed having the EPA investigate leakage from the inactive mine near Silverton, Colorado, because he had tangled with the agency in previous years over its work at another mine he owns in Leadville, Colorado.

I said, ‘No, I don’t want you on my land out of fear that you will create additional pollution like you did in Leadville,’” Mr. Hennis told Colorado Watchdog.org. “They said, ‘If you don’t give us access within four days, we will fine you $35,000 a day.’”

Here is the question that comes to mind from this story: How many other times has the EPA polluted the environment on a smaller scale and managed to keep it out of the news?