I remember who I thought were the hysterical ones testifying to the endless public panels before WIPP opened. One read into the record a long scenario with specific chemicals leeching together, fire and the resulting black smoke belching from the horizon. That person described in great detail the underground circumstances leading up to the release that nobody thought would ever happen. That person, whoever it was, was kind of old back then, and I wonder if he’s alive to see it. I’m now thinking he may get to say, “I told you so.” Albuquerque Journal via Energy News
Well, if he is Harry Willson, he isn't, nor did he want to. I will let Harry's words speak for themselves. I hope he is, and remains, more wrong than right, a hope growing more slender as more news is unable to be suppressed concerning recent events at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, NM.
Testimony at DOE Hearings re: WIPP - January 6, 1997
My name is Harry Willson. I am a writer and publisher, a husband, father, grandfather, and a human being in black.
The purpose of WIPP is to provide justification for continuing the nuclear arms industry, in spite of the embarrassing lack of an enemy worthy of that much hate and destructive fury. The War Departments of the government are trying to reassure the sovereign citizens that the manufacture, transport, storage and upgrading of nuclear weapons is a safe process, because we will now have this supposedly safe place to put the nuclear waste produced by that process. The fact that it is not safe, and cannot be made safe with current technology, does not deter those who make good salaries working with nuclear weapons.
If I believed in God I would warn you of his wrath. Watching a child die of leukemia, while key men in the same village made good money inventing new and improved nuclear bombs, contributed much to my loss of faith, so I must now couch my warning in other terms. Nature, which your scientists and engineers pretend to understand and manipulate and conquer, is no respecter of persons. Nature cannot be effectively lied to, or lied about. In the old days I simply would have said, God is not stupid.
A prayer from the old days, by G.K.Chesterton, will be worth sharing, nevertheless.
O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry.
Our earthly rulers falter; our people drift and die.
The walls of gold entomb us; the swords of scorn divide.
Take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.
From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen,
From all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men,
From sale and profanation of honor and the sword,
From sleep and from damnation, deliver us, Good Lord!
You are ready to unleash poison and blast upon people, and you don't even know who, but as a matter of fact you are already unleashing it, upon your own people, upon us, upon our children, our grandchildren, our posterity, every man, woman and child.
And the sovereign people are as guilty as you, because we have allowed it, and are allowing it. Your PR efforts have had marvelous success. Where are the parents of the children with leukemia? Where are the parents of the children who do not yet have leukemia? Why are oncologists so much more interested in cures than in prevention? We who see the truth and protest what you are doing are a tiny voice crying in the wilderness, but we will not shut up, and lying about safety will not make what is unsafe safe, no matter who does the lying.
When the King of Brobdignag finally comprehended what Gulliver was telling him about humans and our wars and government disinformation and secrecy and deception, the giant king stated: I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth!
Fear, anger and disappointment can make thoughtful and sensitive people testy and emotional. I admit that I get emotional about this. I have put dark humor and philosophical observations about the questionable possibility of there being intelligent life on earth in my book, VERMIN AND OTHER SURVIVAL STORIES: HUMANITY AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. The critics object because the alarm call is shrill and strident, and they fail utterly to take notice of what it says. One thinks it has to do with Chernobyl, but it doesn't. It has to do with New Mexico, and what you are doing here. I have a copy for you. I fear if it is simply added to the record of these proceedings, it will still not be read with comprehension, but I offer it nevertheless. If the sovereign people ever find it, it may do harm to the cause of deception and disinformation.
A List of Eight
Independent WIPPu Release Mechanisms
with Time Scales Less than EPA's 10,000 Years
Time Scale WIPPu Release Mechanisms
0 to 30 years (Immediate) WIPPu Releases during Transport Accidents
0 -on- Radioactive Pu-Brine Geyser up Shafts
50 to 100 years Rustler Aquifer penetrates WIPP Shaft Plugs
100 to 200 years Percolations through WIPP Karst
200 to 300 years RH/Pu Slow Salt Volcano
300 to 10,000 years Wet, Warm Rock Salt Dynamics
500 to 3,000 years The WIPP "Brecia Pipe" Formation
5,000 to 10,000 years The Onset of the 25,000-year Wet Cycle
This list is not complete. Other mechanisms will introduce WIPPu into the Biosphere before 10,000 years are up.
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In case you haven't seen it, this is the 'underground fire on a truck used to haul salt' that started it all on February 5, an incident supposedly releasing NO radiation. (The radioactivity release was completely unconnected to the event below, you see.)
From an anonymous videographer, sent to the local Carlsbad paper:
Be seeing you.