Utah State Reps Margaret Dayton and Mike Noel Join The Tin-foil Hat Brigade

According to a recent article:

Two Utah lawmakers on Tuesday speculated that federal environmental officials might have deliberately triggered the Colorado mine release that sent 3 million gallons of toxic sludge into a San Juan River tributary, and asked Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate the possibility.

Yep.  They asked for that.

Utah’s Sen. Margaret Dayton (R) and Rep. Mike Noel (R) have no evidence for their claim — it’s more of a feeling, really — but the two have asked the state Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate anyway.

Because we all know the absence of evidence is evidence of a conspiracy.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on August 21, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    The same article quotes Zach Frankel of the Utah Rivers Council:

    “A year ago when an oil company polluted the Green River there were so many state interests willing to look the other way, but when EPA does it, suddenly it’s a conspiracy,” Frankel said.

    In May 2014, an old well operated by S.W. Energy Corp. near Moab blew out, spilling thousands of barrels of hydrocarbon-laced water into the river just above Labyrinth Canyon. Frankel criticized the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for failing to adequately monitor water quality.

    “They have no proof of contamination because they didn’t go downstream to sample. They asked me what would be the purpose of that,” Frankel said. “If it’s an oil company, we don’t need to sample, but if it’s the EPA, you want damages.”

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on August 21, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    That Bagley! We’re going to have to get rid of that Tribune!

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on August 21, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Speaking of shafts that aren’t mines…

    I heard the EPA on NPR, taking full responsibility for the spill. Well I guess if an agency called the “Environment Protection Agency” can’t take action to require corporations who are still around to clean up their own mess, that’s a thought.

    The little problem I see is that American taxpayers are required to clean up the mess AND pay for the lawsuits against the EPA that the corporations caused.

    You can’t blame the indigenous Americans for not suing the corporations/people-above-laws. But I’m thinking they* will get away with this.

    * The un-named corporations.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on August 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm

    The wing-o-sphere is going wild, blaming the EPA for causing environmental damage. They are having babies!

  5. #5 by Ken Bingham on August 24, 2015 - 12:02 pm

    It astounds me how much faith you have in the Federal Government.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on August 24, 2015 - 12:52 pm

      See Bagley’s cartoon. The EPA didn’t cause this.

  6. #7 by Ken Bingham on August 24, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    The miners told the EPA not to do what they did that caused the spill. It reminds me of the guy on Ghost Busters who insisted on releasing all the ghosts after the heroes warned him not to.

    • #8 by Larry Bergan on August 24, 2015 - 10:37 pm


      What should the EPA do? Just let all the other thousands upon thousands of sites the corporations walked away from after they got their dough, burst when they burst like the recent one in West Virginia that poisoned everybody’s water?

      Mom can’t keep cleaning up johnny’s room for the rest of his life.

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