Archive - Oct 2015


October 31, 2015--Tipton seeks buy-in for bill to streamline mine cleanup (Montrose Press)

Spurred in part by the August environmental disaster that sent three million gallons of mine wastewater spilling down the Animas River, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is crafting legislation to address contamination at inactive mines. Tipton is still eyeing a “Good Samaritan” bill that would clear the way for private groups whose members work to clean up abandoned mines.

October 30, 2015--"Good Samaritan" legislation on agenda (Associated Press)

Congressional Republicans revived "Good Samaritan" legislation Thursday designed to encourage companies and nonprofits to help clean up thousands of abandoned mines across the nation by protecting them from liability for environmental accidents. The proposal was one of three the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled after the Environmental Protection Agency inadvertently unl

October 30, 2015--Land use must consider water supply, speakers say (Durango Herald)

Land use choices and water use are connected. So how come water people and land use planners don't work together as water supply becomes more at risk and state population keeps growing? That was the focus of a water and land use forum on Oct. 23 at the La Plata County Administration Building.

October 29, 2015--Gold King mine owner: I won’t let Gladstone get stolen from me (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, made his first public appearance on Tuesday since the Aug. 5 blowout, and he had strong words for the Environmental Protection Agency and members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. Hennis acquired the Gold King Mine in 2005 as part a foreclosure sale and has never had the opportunity to mine the network.

October 28th

October 28, 2015--Mountain Studies Institute to interpret EPA Animas River pollution data (Durango Herald)

After the Gold King Mine blowout in August, much public discussion has centered around how to treat ongoing river pollution, but much of the data on heavy metals provided by the Environmental Protection Agency has been difficult to interpret. Through Mountain Studies Institute, the Durango city council is hoping to make all the data collected from the river more understandable. The no

October 27th

October 27, 2015--Western Slope lawmakers cast careful eye on water plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

State lawmakers representing Western Slope constituents are viewing a nearly complete Colorado water plan with a mix of hope and fear. Eight of them addressed the Colorado Basin Roundtable Monday, with their thoughts not surprisingly mirroring those expressed by roundtable members and the Western Slope more broadly regarding the plan.

October 26, 2015--Citizens petition Gov. Hickenlooper over West Slope Water (krextv)

Citizens for Western Slope Water delivered a petition to Governor Hickenlooper this week urging him to stop sending western slope water to the front range. Nearly 15,000 western slope residents signed the petition asking that a firm policy of no new-transmountain diversions be included as a core priority in the soon-to-be-released Colorado Water Plan. Currently, the west slope supplie

October 25, 2015--Company says $10M offer to clean up mines north of Silverton still on the table (Durango Herald)

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has sent a letter that stirs up an elephant-in-the-room quandary for those invested in the health of the Animas River: Take $10 million now for water treatment in the Upper Animas Basin or take your chances with the Environmental Protection Agency.

October 24, 2015--The South Canal and the future of energy (Coyote Gulch)

The South Canal was sculpted through hardscrabble hills to deliver water imported from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The water irrigates 66,000 acres of farms and orchards in the Delta-Montrose area.

October 22nd

October 23, 2015--State water official positive about plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Much of the water storage contemplated in the Colorado water plan already is under study, said the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “There are all sorts of good reasons to think we can close the gap” between current supplies and the demands expected by 2050, said James Eklund, executive director of the CWCB, which has a Dec.