EDITOR’S COMMENT: Frankly, I’m not sure and have no way of knowing about the journalistic standards at The Silverton Standard newspaper, but obviously this story was predicted and printed about a week before the accident. When doing my research on this catastrophe, what struck me was that it appears that this mine was lying dormant for decades, and the nearby area around it was being used for fishing and swimming purposes. That is until the EPA got involved, and caused this accident, and now made this area and untold other areas unsafe for outdoor activities.
By Jim Hoft
Last Wednesday, a small EPA-supervised work crew inspecting the Gold King mine accidentally knocked a hole in a waste pit, releasing at least three million gallons of acidic liquid laden with toxic heavy metals.
This letter to editor, posted below, was published in The Silverton Standard and The Miner  local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist, one week before EPA mine spill. The letter detailed verbatim, how EPA officials would foul up the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money. If the Gold King mine was declared a superfund site it would essentially kill future development for the mining industry in the area. The Obama EPA is vehemently opposed to mining and development.
The EPA pushed for nearly 25 years , to apply its Superfund program to the Gold King mine. If a leak occurred the EPA would then receive superfund status. That is exactly what happened.
The EPA today admitted they misjudged the pressure in the gold mine  before the spill – just as this editorial predicted.
The letter was included in their print edition on July 30, 2015. The spill occurred one week later.
READ all of Jim Hoft’s comments and the Letter to the Editor predicting this catastrophe from the Gateway Pundit here .