Gibbs Statement on EPA Spill Report

October 22, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, the Department of Interior released the report on the Gold King Mine spill that polluted the Animas River with three million gallons of toxic wastewater, affecting three states.  The report, conducted by Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), concluded that what led to the incident at the Gold King Mine was not an isolated incident.

After release of the report, Congressman Gibbs released the following statement:

“Yesterday, I questioned the EPA on their competence and expertise on mining and abandoned mine remediation; questions which were met with incomplete and unacceptable answers. The report released today shows inexcusable incompetence and a lack of preparedness on the part of the EPA in dealing with spills like the one in Colorado. It is clear from the BOR’s assessment that a failure in the system and inconsistent practices among government agencies involved are creating a hazardous and dangerous situation that is putting the drinking water of Americans at risk. I call on Administrator McCarthy to terminate the employment of those responsible and immediately implement the recommendations of the report to prevent a similar spill from occurring in the future.  This is why Good Samaritan legislation, that encourages those with the correct technical experience, is needed. “

The BOR report can be found here.