EPA Official Accused of Lying Under Oath on Gold King Mine Disaster
In early August, an EPA-supervised work crew inspecting the Gold King mine in Colorado knocked a hole in a waste pit, releasing at least three million gallons of acidic liquid laden with toxic heavy metals into the local river system.
A top EPA official lied under oath during testimony Wednesday when he said the agency responded to a “cave-in” when, in fact, they created the disaster at the Gold King Mine.
An Environmental Protection Agency official lied during a congressional hearing Wednesday when he said the agency responded to a Gold King Mine “cave-in” when in fact EPA contractors created the disaster by barricading the mine last summer, the owner of the mine has charged.
“This was a result of cave-ins and water buildup. That’s why we were there at the time,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. His boss, Administrator Gina McCarthy, did not attend the first congressional hearing into the Animas River Spill, held by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Although Stanislaus was grilled on other issues such as transparency and double standards pertaining to non-government spills, none of the representatives drilled into Stanislaus’ claim that the Colorado spill was a result of natural forces.
But his comments weren’t lost on Todd Hennis, Gold King’s owner.
“It’s absolute baloney of the worst sort,” Hennis said immediately after the hearing. “They blocked off the flow of water out of the drain pipes and they created the huge wall of water in the Gold King by their actions last year.”
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) August 21, 2015