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Dispatch 3 Audio Transcripts

This page contains the transcripts of audio tracks included in the Springs Expedition dispatches.


Mapping Water's Journey: Connecting the Aquifer with Life Above Ground

Jill Heinerth briefs the film crew on the day's plans
What the shot is today is, for those of you who were with us at Rose Creek, Tom and I dove through a cave passage that had lots of garbage in it. There were tractor tires and all kinds of stuff that had been thrown in from the sink hole and landed into the cave passage and was carried in from the current. So, the way the film is going, Tom and I have just passed through these tunnels with all of this garbage, we've looked at it, we've looked at each other and gone, "Oh My God, this is horrific. Let's see where the source is." And so, we're swimming up and surfacing in the source of this trash today. So, it's going to be real in that Tom and I, when it's time to shoot, we're going to go down and have a look in this place. And I know what we're going to find is going to scare us. We are then going to surface into the real audio, so those are genuine reactions from Tom and I. And, we're going to meet with Brian and Wes in this ravine, because they have just radio located, they have found us, we have surfaced and now we give them some reflection on what we've seen.


Wes Skiles and Brian Pease as they track divers beneath a restaurant
Wes Skiles
Would you believe, this, Brian? Look, it's coming right by the salad bar in this restaurant.

Brian Pease
It sure looks like it.

Wes Skiles
There, right here next to the salad bar, there, a couple hundred feet beneath us, but who have ever thought it would go underneath this restaurant? This is crazy!

Brian Pease
Yep, it's heading right for the wall.

Wes Skiles
Alright, let's go out that door!


Wes Skiles Describes the poor condition of Vampire Sink
When I first came here this place was totally pristine. It was to me the quintessential example of a big natural swallow hole or sink hole. But now, you look down here and it's virtually full of garbage. I mean from here I can see car batteries, piles of who knows what kind of garbage and bags; a bathtub, a toilet, a bunch of bicycle tires, antifreeze containers, oil containers, oil filters, used oil containers, roofing tar! Look at that, right there, a can of roofing tar right down at the edge of the hole; all kinds of cans and bottles, just literally the worst kind of pollution and refuse you could throw down here. And, people are putting it next to their drinking water, literally. They're bringing it down into the earth thinking they're getting it out of their lives and instead, they're poisoning the very water that they depend on drinking. It's disgusting.


Divers Jill Heinerth and Tom Morris describe trash in the aquifer
Jill Heinerth
Ugh! It's pretty nasty down there!

Wes Skiles
You cannot believe what you all just came up in.

Jill Heinerth
No, you can't believe what we've seen down there. We came off a pretty clear passage, you know a little in-feeder. We immediately started seeing like the most incredible collection of trash; I mean, like tires, batteries, barbecue grills, top on a bed.

Tom Scott
Oh, what's that smell?

Jill Heinerth
I know. I know seriously, this is not a laughing matter.

Wes Skiles
No, it's not.

Tom Scott
This is not...

Wes Skiles
The trash is... this is a big sinkhole, obviously, and the trash has been dumped in here for what looks like, you know, a couple of decades now. And, they're literally dumping it in off the edge and its been rolling down into the sink hole.

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