Alaskan Congressman Don Young today released this statement following Governor Sean Parnell's release of a special counsel report on the law enforcement raids of the Fortymile Mining District.
"I commend the efforts of Governor Parnell in seeking answers to the EPA's aggressive show of force and tactics used in the Fortymile Mining District last September. The special counsel report released yesterday is an invaluable gathering of information that provides answers to the many questions the EPA was previously unable or unwilling to answer. This report also brings to light a number of new questions and provides me and the rest of Congress, particularly the House Natural Resources Committee, with direction in continuing our oversight responsibilities to shed light on the actions of the EPA."
"My serious concern for the actions taken by the EPA last September extended far beyond the legality, but rather to the heavy-handed approach the agency took. Simply stated, there's a right way and a wrong way to do business, and the EPA chose the wrong way. Had they approached these placer miners and requested water samples, there wouldn't have been any backlash. However, the EPA-led task force chose to storm in while heavily armed and wearing bullet proof vests, using intimidation tactics on unsuspecting and undeserving miners."
"I welcome the Governor's request to the House Natural Resources Committee for additional oversight on this matter and look forward to working with Chairman Doc Hastings and Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Chairman Doug Lamborn to find answers to the remaining questions surrounding this truly outrageous and unfortunate incident."