SAN DIEGO: Feds Announce Probe Into “Intentional” 143 Million Gallon Raw Sewage Spill By Mexico

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:

Federal officials in the United States and Mexico announced on Thursday a joint investigation into a sewage spill in the Tijuana River that has polluted South County beaches as far north as Coronado — and which now looks to have been intentional as some elected leaders in San Diego suspected.

The U.S. and Mexican commissioners of the International Boundary and Water Commission said Thursday that the inquiry would look into when the spill occurred, the amount of sewage involved and why the agency and the public weren’t notified of the incident sooner. A binational working group will submit a report within 30 days.

“We need to make sure the commission receives timely and accurate information when there are sewage spills in one country that affect the other,” said U.S. Commissioner Edward Drusina in a statement.

The decision comes as a growing number of officials in the U.S. have called for a probe into why sewage spewed into the river in Mexico, flowing north into the Pacific Ocean without any notification from authorities south of the border.

From the editorial board of the Union-Tribune:

The coastal cities in southern San Diego County have long appeared to maintain solid, cooperative relations with the city of Tijuana and the state of Baja California. This is what makes Mexican officials’ failure to warn local cities of a massive Tijuana River sewage spill that they knew was happening and that lasted 18 days so baffling — and so grossly unacceptable.

According to U.S. officials with the International Boundary and Water Commission, a joint U.S.-Mexico agency, an estimated 143 million gallons of raw sewage poured into the river from Feb. 6 to Feb. 23 while repairs were made to a major sewer pipe. Local water authorities say this was done without explanation or advance notice. It led to fouling of Pacific waters from the Mexican coast adjacent to Tijuana all the way north to Coronado and created substantial health risks for ocean and beach users.

  • The_Wretched

    Yep. In ways big and small, shitting all over your allies leads to them returning the favor – though it’s usually more metaphorical. But hey! I think the smelly leftists need to beg the Dems for forgiveness for not kissing their asses a little bit more.

  • Tulle Christensen

    It just was Mexico just helping us get ready for the EPA budget cut.

    • zhera

      The Puppet heard of this and was angry that he wasan’t informed beforehand, so he could’ve ‘inspected’ the sewage in person.

      “What a waste of good piss.”

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Someone may want to remind Trump that no, a land wall cannot hold back oil in water.

  • Treant

    Let me guess, Donny said “piss on me,” and they took him literally. Now he’s upset that we’re discussing that fact.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    This is actually a relatively subtle response to Trump.

  • another_steve

    More fuel for Trump’s Mexico hate.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    One of Congress’ very first acts was to kill an obscure Obama-era regulation that restricted coal companies from dumping mining waste into streams and waterways.

    So I guess polluting matters, but only when Mexico does it?

    • ColdCountry

      It only doesn’t matter if you don’t live there. CA has richer people than coal mining country, and they make more noise.

      • Guest

        Well. It seems only fair. Trump speed at Mexico, so they can spew back at the USA. Only problem is innocent people are getting it now too.

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  • Pollos Hermanos
    • another_steve

      I’m not good at this sort of thing. I don’t get it.

      Someone explain, please.

      • PickyPecker

        Old prank = bag full of dogshit lit on fire; leave the bag and ring doorbell. Hide and laugh.

        • another_steve

          Thank you.

        • Captain Jack

          Happy Halloween..;)

    • PickyPecker

      ScorpionDagger is a genius with gifs!!

  • Gustav2

    They are sorry, they were aiming for Orange County in honor of Trump.

    • TimCA

      If they were aiming for Orange County they should have aimed elsewhere. Clinton carried OC. This was the first time a Democrat carried the county in a presidential general election since the 1930s.

      Times are a changin’ here in Southern California!

  • PickyPecker
    • You mean a crisis like the fact he’s still President?

    • bkmn

      You can count on that.

    • AtticusP

      There will be a Trump version of the Reichstag fire. It’s only a matter of time.

      • Bad Tom

        I’m not so sure President Bannon is savvy enough to really take advantage of it, though.

    • Oh, Parker

      First thing I thought.

    • JCF

      SERIOUSLY: the military build-up? Attacks on AQAP? Next, maybe, Iran?

      TOTALLY “Wag The Dog” DISTRACTION!

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    The US: No longer sailing so high, huge, or bigly.

    The sad thing is this: the marine life will suffer greatly. Trump will not.

    • Todd20036

      Marine life is already suffering. Some estimate that within 50 years, the oceans will be devoid of all higher life forms.

      • Treant

        Why am I reminded of the plot of Soylent Green?

      • fuzzybits

        Humans are the invasive species.

      • The_Wretched

        We need a global initiative to scale back to 1 billion humans and stop there.

        • PickyPecker

          Heard a bit about this coming for us:

          http://www.who.int/csr/disease/nipah/en/

          • The_Wretched

            Destressing wildlife would be a big benefit from having fewer humans. It’s stressed wildlife that has more illness and is more likely to have human contact.

          • Christopher

            Yeah, that’s not terrifying at all! /s

        • Steverino

          I’m sure Trumpanzees and the religious reich could easily come up with a list of certain kinds of people to include in the list to be culled…

          • Gustav2

            But no contraception for white Christianists!!!!!!!1111!!!!

          • The_Wretched

            I would advocate improving the standard of living for everyone and free long term birth control, free higher education as well as ENDA and ERA laws as the mechanisms. Each of these items leads to reduced birth rates.

        • shivadog

          Our environmental problems are pretty much unsolvable unless we reduce population, and we are fucked because that isn’t going to happen.

          • The_Wretched

            Yep, exactly so.

        • Lena

          75-100 million tops. 1 billion is still too many.

      • William

        The coral will be gone too.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Trump has effectively yelled the N word over and over and when an African American finally loses it and slugs him in the face, yells “See, I told you, they are all violent animals”.

    He was no doubt hoping for some sort of response like this to his taunts and threats and lies about Mexico and Mexican people.

  • PickyPecker
    • another_steve

      I never get tired of that. Someone the other day mentioned that there’s a bare-ass version of this.

      If there is, this old man would very much appreciate seeing it.

      • PickyPecker

        unable to locate that one. Here’s a side view of the guy in the pic, tho. Get to see a bit more of what he looks like.
        http://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s480x480/e15/11376543_102090970136795_348348062_n.jpg?ig_cache_key=MTAxODQyMTg5NDgyMTMxODA4Ng%3D%3D.2

        • another_steve

          Thank you.

          When someone says “kiss my ass,” it’s an insult. But in this case, I would gladly kiss his ass.

          • Ben in Oakland

            Clearly, you lack ambition.

          • Rex

            Context is important.

        • Nic Peterson

          Dat azz!

        • JCF

          Thanks, I’ve never seen this shot before. No expert here, but I’m guessing the front view adds to the fantasy re the REAR one? ;-/

      • Guest.

        I mentioned it. Maybe others did too. There is. Cannot find it and only saw it once. It was the same guy, same shirt and pants, and a bit different angle toward the building, so I doubt it was Photoshopped

        • ChrisMorley

          My money’s on photoshopped. There’s a lot of skillz about.

          • another_steve

            And if it’s photoshopped, who cares today, Chris? With today’s technology, no visual image — anywhere — can be “trusted.”

            My man and I occasionally go to photography exhibits. We subscribe to magazines that feature “professional” photography.

            How anyone can discern whether an image today is pure and unadulterated skillful photography vs. photoshop is totally beyond me.

    • FAEN

      Nice ass!

    • ChrisMorley

      Now I’m hoping for lots of Mexican “accidents.”

  • Extremely off-topic:
    https://twitter.com/noamscheiber/status/837751397089173505

    I think Uber is in even bigger trouble than many have thought. Between this — deploying Uber in cities where it was banned — and the other reports of them deploying self-driving cars in locales where they have not been legally permitted — they’re looking at a heap of potentially expensive litigation.

    • The_Wretched

      Wait until you hail a self driving car and it turns out that it locks you in and delivers you to a secure detention facility.

      • FAEN

        Well that’s terrifying!

    • Clive Johnson

      I’ve also read that they’re not profitable currently and are being kept afloat by investors. Two theories are that Uber is trying to get rid of traditional taxis and is just waiting out their demise. Another is that if they can stay in the game long enough they can transfer their entire fleet to driverless cars.

    • ChrisMorley

      They’ve just lost a big case in London

      Uber loses court case to block English-language written test in London
      Ride-hailing app firm argued that standard required of Transport for London test to obtain licence was too high

      Drivers applying for a minicab licence in London will have to pass a written English exam, including a 120-word essay, after Uber lost a high court battle with the capital’s transport authority.
      Mr Justice Mitting, presiding over the case, admitted that the requirement could see 40,000 drivers over three years either fail the test or be deterred from applying for a private hire vehicle licence.
      But he said Transport for London had no reasonable alternative to the exam, which lasts two hours, costs would-be drivers £200 and does not apply to black cabs.

      The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that the courts have today backed my plans to drive up standards and improve passenger safety in London. Drivers being able to speak English and understand information from passengers and licensing requirements is a vital part of ensuring passengers get the high standard of service they need and deserve. This could include discussing a better route, talking about a medical condition, or ensuring every driver is fully up to date with new regulations.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/03/uber-loses-court-case-english-language-test-london

  • boobert

    No wall will stop that ! lol

    • Steverino

      “We’re gonna build a dike…”

  • TampaDink

    They’re sending their drugs, their rapist, their sewage…

    • Treant

      Yearning to breathe pee. I mean, free.

      • KCMC

        urining to

      • TampaDink

        Breathe pee? Careful, you can easily drown that way. ;-p

  • bkmn

    Great, now they are emulating Vancouver, BC….

    • Earl

      I thought that was Victoria, BC. Vancouver does have a treatment plant.

      • Hue-Man

        Victoria and neighboring municipalities have agreed a site at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt, which has granted the necessary permits (in exchange for millions of dollars in “incentives”). The plant is supposed to start up in 2020.

        • Earl

          People who live in the area have been complaining about it since the 1970s, or earlier I’ll bet. 🙂

          • Hue-Man

            NIMBY is alive and well.

  • xzargo

    Don’t be so outraged. It’s like what the EPA will soon be under Scott Pruitt.

  • fuzzybits

    As if the oceans don’t have enough problems.

  • HZ81

    No worries. With the Trump administrations new EPA budget, workers are going to get the finest pool skimmers Walmart has—nothing over $10 though.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    M’eh, shit happens.

  • PickyPecker

    Never fear! He’s on it!

    NPR ~</b Trump Aims To ‘Eliminate’ Clean Water Rule

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/28/517016071/trump-aims-to-eliminate-clean-water-rule

  • Dot Beech

    Indeed this will be good practice for FEMA for the moment Mr. Pruitt gets his way at the EPA.

    And good example of what happens between countries when walls are built instead of partnerships.

    Fuck you, Donald Trump. Go clean up the shit yourself. You shit.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Good to know the Trump admin. is concerned about pollution and oil and wastewater spill.

    Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked wells over a ten-year period in four states…The state reporting the highest level of spills was North Dakota, a hot bed of activity in both oil and gas recovery. The data recorded 4,453 incidents in the state, much higher than Pennsylvania, Colorado and New Mexico.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39032748

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Wait a minute! Were all appropriate BAT taxes collected on that sewage before it crossed the border!!???

  • bkmn

    You can’t blame them for trying to get rid of their version of Log Cabin Republicans.

  • Walter Maerlyn

    They should have dyed it orange.

  • SFHarry

    We are incensed when Mexico does it but are getting all geared up to allow our own people to do it.

    • ColdCountry

      The people who live in these areas will always care. Their representatives, not so much.

  • BlindBill

    sorry, but coal sludge, secret fracking cocktails, and oil into the water is OK in the USA – biodegradable human waste is a no-no – or something

    • Tiger Quinn

      Biodegradable and a viral cocktail of antibiotic resistant horrorshows.

  • Walter Maerlyn

    OT: Reps. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed a letter
    urging the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate
    Finance Committee to ask for copies of Trump’s tax documents from the
    last decade.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/322169-two-republicans-sign-onto-effort-demanding-trumps-tax-returns

  • KCMC
    • JCF

      When the Red Shirts turned Yellow.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    I guess its up Shit River instead of Creek, without a paddle.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The so call president admin are busy picking a country to invade so the whole Russia treason will disappear.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Poo – the REAL nuclear option.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “When they’re sending us their raw sewage, they’re not sending the good stuff.”

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Bad nombres duo.

  • Jeffrey

    Could we work up some outrage about what our own president wants to do to our environment?

  • geoffalnutt

    Get used to it: fouled beaches, toxic drinking water, unbreathable air, famine, disease….average life expectancy 4 years (if you’re lucky).

  • Frostbite

    Thanks Trump!

  • Jeffrey

    Orange County conservatives sure aren’t gonna like this one. Trump only wants to destroy areas they can’t see from their beach houses.

    • Orange County is bit north of Coronado and TJ., The current and tides won’t effect Orange County, compare to Southern San Diego County, by the sewage from TJ. Most of the problems with the Water Problems comes from its own sewage, mainly in Salt Creek north of Dana Point. However, there are water quality problems throughout the county..

      So the call is coming from within the House in Orange County

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Lumpy Gaga

      Binders of ambassadors…

    • The_Wretched

      What an interesting Friday afternoon.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Send up your tired, your poo….”

    • Natty Enquirer

      “…your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
      The New Colonic

  • david fairfield

    They figured Trump likes to swim in raw sewage, it’s an honest supposition.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Lazycrockett

      Its the last stand for Democracy it better hit its stride.

    • beariac

      Meine Augen!

  • coram nobis

    The U.S. could do the same thing with the Rio Grande, from El Paso to the Gulf. They probably will once their infrastructure decays a bit more. What goes around flows downhill.

    • Lars Littlefield

      The Rio Grande from El Paso/Juarez is already heavily polluted with untreated effluent from plants and farms on both sides of the river. The quality of “water” flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from Matamoros is shocking.

  • Lars Littlefield

    This is a surprise. Tijuana’s own beaches were fouled as far south as Rosarito . . . even further south than that. If anyone has walked from San Isidro into Tijuana, crossing the bridge over the Tijuana River, you know the problems with that particular water way. Usually, it’s dry with a narrow strip of untreated water/sewage trickling to the ocean. During heavy rains you can stand on the bridge and watch for dead bodies floating along in the rushing water. The river begins south east deep within the city limits of TJ and runs only for a few miles along the US border, on the Mexican side. The problem of raw sewage has most likely been a big issue for everyone living along the concrete sides of the river.

    • coram nobis

      Prevailing current there is usually southward, isn’t it?

      • Lars Littlefield

        No, it usually moves north, but it doesn’t hug the coast. It flows out a couple of miles, then comes back with the tide all along the north and south parts of the coast.

        By the way, there are some mighty fine horse ranches on the US side of the border in that immediate area as well as a very interesting eco park. However, it’s a toss up which side dumps more trash into the Pacific. All the communities from San Isidro north to La Joya allow tons of crap to dump into the ocean. We’re not exactly beyond reproach when it comes to polluting the Pacific.

    • stevenj

      The last time I walked from the Red Trolley at San Ysidro into Tijuana was a warm summer day. Hardly any water in the river and from the pedestrian bridge the smell was obnoxious.

      • Lars Littlefield

        It always is. But the Los Angeles River as it runs through down town LA is also no prize.

        • grada3784

          It’s the ants. THEM!!!!!!!!!!

          • TuuxKabin

            Did TARANTULA make it that far as well?

          • grada3784

            Never saw that one.

  • Tomcat

    They said pipeline it to Washington.

  • Lazycrockett

    This full throttle rebranding of W that is going on is sickening.

    • PickyPecker

      W and his peeps tried so, so hard to re-write history to make them all sound like heros but that didn’t work out so well. No surprise we are seeing him take advantage of the dRUMPf situation to get some movement on this. Expect to see more of this from folks like Rummy, Rove, etc.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Even Ellen gave him a hug. Oh, the humanity!

  • Lazycrockett
    • beariac

      Haha, he’s since fixed it. The image accompanying the ‘weekly address’ announcement though is chilling.
      http://i.imgur.com/vd7sIUy.jpg

  • Silver Badger

    Perhaps Mexico should send a bill for the fertilizer.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Perhaps, but Donald Trump would never pay it.

      Or any other bill. That’s a well-documented fact.

  • AJD

    Don’t worry. The wall will keep the poo away.

  • StSean

    weird how we’re not looking into our own problems.

  • mml34

    i think this was mexico’s down payment for the wall.

  • Derrick Johns

    Montezuma’s Revenge. I knew it was coming. There aint a damn thing that orange blob in the White House can do about it.

  • j.martindale

    Good neighbors don’t dump sewage in the waterways of the people living next door to them. Good neighbors don’t lie and call the people living next door rapists. Good neighbors don’t threaten their neighbors with huge walls. All of this come with being a bad neighbor. Thanks, tRump!

  • edrex

    is chris christie the governor of Tijuana now?

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Not re tipping, but if he isn’t, he should be. Well done!

      Unfortunately, the closest two Congressional Districts affected are both represented by Democrats.

  • ColdCountry

    Thanks, Trump.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Hank

    All I can say, is if you piss off the Mexican Government and their people, what makes you think they will deign to co-operate with you anymore????

  • Spudman
    • ChrisMorley

      From the bible which Russians also read. Galatians VI

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Not re tipping, but:

    What goes around, comes around.

    The other side [not necessarily an enemy] gets a vote.

    International diplomacy 101. Thank you.

  • sword

    The new head of the EPA could care less…The Donald wants to abolish the EPA and already is going to cut its budget by 1/5 as soon as possible.

  • Hue-Man

    Only 143 million gallons? (November 2015)

    Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city, began dumping untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River on Wednesday, angering environmentalists with a repair operation that could release as much as 8 billion liters (2.1 billion gallons) of wastewater into a major waterway.

    The city has said the dump, expected to last up to a week, is necessary while work is carried out to replace ageing parts of the waste treatment system that could create a greater environmental hazard if it unexpectedly broke.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-sewage-idUSKCN0T01ZS20151111

  • ColdDesert

    Good for them. Spoil those rich southern CA assholes’ beaches. Bunch of Reaganites.

  • JCF

    It’s definitely awful—but the way Drumpf has dissed Mexico/Mexicans, not surprising. [Come on, Mexico: pump that sewage directly into Mar-a-Lago!]