Did the EPA Pollute the River on Purpose?

Could the EPA pollute a river and get away with it? If so, why WOULDN’T they do it intentionally if it served their interests?

BP got punished for polluting the Gulf of Mexico, whereas nothing is happening to the EPA for the pollution they caused. What would have happened to BP if they had caused the oil spill and this was discovered?

Why do I ask such questions? Because there is evidence that the EPA polluted the river on purpose.

Here are the five salient facts brought to light in this story from the Free Thought Project (“Geologist Predicted EPA Would Intentionally Poison Animas River a Week before Toxic Spill.”) plus two more facts that we all know are true:

  1. A retired geologist happened to be vacationing in the area of Silverton when he heard what the EPA was planning to do.
  2. He predicted it would pollute the river.
  3. He claims that any hydrologist would know the river was likely to be polluted, and thus deduces that the EPA knew what they were doing.
  4. He posits that the EPA has a motive for polluting the river in order to create a new project to help “save” the river and justify massive funding.
  5. The EPA “accidentally” (?) polluted the river just as he predicted.
  6. The EPA knew they would never be substantially punished for anything.
  7. The EPA knew that the media would discount any “conspiracy theory.”

The Free Though Project’s story includes an image of the letter to the editor that appeared in the local paper on July 30: “EPA plan is really a ‘Superfund Blitzkrieg’


I came to Silverton this summer to enjoy my retirement, appreciate nature, and prospect the mountains for unique minerals. I came here to enjoy a simple life with no TV and no politics, but unfortunately that has changed. Your EPA dilemma has caused my blood to boil.

Based on my 47 years of experience as a professional geologist, it appears to me that the EPA is setting you town and the area up for a possible Superfund blitzkrieg.

In regards to your meeting with the EPA on June 23, Mr. Hestmark’s (EPA representative) statement “we don’t have an agenda” is either ignorant naivety or an outright falsehood. I am certain Mr. Hestmark’s hydrologists have advised him what’s going to happen when the Red & Bonita portals [are] plugged and the “grand experiment” begins with unknown and foreseeable results and possible negative consequences.

Here’s the scenario that will occur based on my experience:

Following the plugging, the exfiltrating water will be retained behind the bulheads, accumulating at a rate of approximately 500 gallons per minute. As the water backs up, it will begin filling all connected mine workings and bedrock voids and fractures. As the water level inside the workings continues to rise, it will accumulate head pressure at a rate of 1 PSI per each 2.31 feet of vertical rise. As the water continues to migrate through and fill interconnected workings, the pressure will increase. Eventually, without a doubt[, t]he water will find a way out and will exfiltrate uncontrollably through connected abandoned shafts, drifts, raises, fractures and possibly from talus on the hillsides. Initially it will appear that the miracle fix is working.


But make no mistake, within seven to 120 days all of the 500 gpm flow will return to Cement Creek. Contamination may actually increase due to disturbance and flushing action within the workings.

The “grand experiment” in my opinion will fail. And guess what Mr. Hestmark will say then?

Gee, “Plan A” didn’t work so I guess we will have to build a treatment plant at a cost to the taxpayers of $100 million to $500 million (who knows).

Reading between the lines, I believe that has been the EPA’s plan all along. The proposed Red & Bonita plugging plan has been their way of getting a foot in the door to justify their hidden agenda for construction of a treatment plant. After all, with a budget of $8.2 billion and 17,000 employees, the EPA needs new, big projects to feed the be[a]st and justify their existence.

I would recommend that anyone who owns a home, property water well[,] or spring in the Cement Creek drainage take water samples ASAP to protect themselves from groundwater changes that may be caused by the EPA plugging operation!

God bless America! God bless Silverton, Colorado. And God protect us from the EPA.

–Dave Taylor, Farmington

If this letter is genuine, and the date is correct, then I don’t see how we can deny the likelihood that the EPA did it on purpose. I realize many would rather blame government incompetence. But people in government know that government has that reputation. It isn’t hard to imagine that some bad actors decided to hide behind it to conceal their evil deeds.