A few weeks ago, we told readers that the EPA had conducted a survey to identify mines similar to Gold King that were at risk of a spill.
The agency identified ten sites, several in Colorado, but were very hush, hush about which mines made the list. Except for one – the Standard Mine above Crested Butte.
Go ahead PeakNation™, three guesses at what happened Wednesday night at the mine where the EPA has been helping to prevent a spill?
An EPA crew working at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte has triggered a spill of wastewater into a creek.
That’s right! 2,000 gallons of sludgy wastewater has again been liberated from the murky depths of a mine, this time into a tributary of Coal Creek, which is Crested Butt’s primary water source.
Did the EPA learn its lesson from the Gold King disaster and inform residents and officials in a timely manner?
EPA officials could not confirm the incident, and National Response Center contractors in Washington D.C. did not yet have a report of the spill. An EPA congressional liaison officer could not be reached, and EPA public information officials said they were working on a statement.
Color us not one freaking bit surprised.
The next sound you hear will be environmentalists screaming for the Standard Mine to be declared a Superfund site.
Oh wait, it already is.