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Letter: Animas spill just a preview

I have been following the Animas River mine spill of toxic metal laden waters with some interest. I view it as merely a preview of coming attractions. Colorado alone still has some 20,000 such abandoned mines and many of those will contain more nasty surprises. All for the taxpayers to cleanup at their expense. A legacy of the 1872 mining law which gave mining companies free rein to do as they pleased. The expense will never be returned to those who made it. Besides, they have already spent the money.

I suppose the bright side of the current mess is that it gave the Southwest Indian Tribes a distraction from dealing with Sen. John McCain’s continuing efforts to steal sacred Indian lands and sell them to international corporations for exploitation. Check on this with the Western Shoshone and the Navajo. (The Navajo just ran McCain off their lands.) And, of course, it gave the crowd of Republican candidates something else to blame on Obama, so they didn’t have to complain about The Donald.

Americans, particularly our Republican friends, none too sharp at these things, will not be thinking about the related legacy of abandoned coal mine disasters, yet to be paid for, as a result of the current give-away laws “managing” mining. I would add to that the certain, complete national ground water catastrophe being generated by fracking. I’m betting the national treasury will pony right up to pay for these impending horror stories and the mine owners and oil companies won’t lose any profits. I mean, really they almost own Congress now, and there’s no way some silly law holding them responsible will ever be introduced, much less passed.

Of course, it’s really about jobs. All these nice people that exploit the resources of the American people for damn near free, definitely provide jobs. Why, I’d bet those workers get at least 2 or 3 cents on the dollar to what the “captains of industry” make. I don’t think it matters too much though — the workers aren’t trying to buy the country.

R.W. Boyle

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