August 13, 2015--Congressmen appeal to Obama after Gold King disaster (Durango Herald)

Colorado and New Mexico lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a letter Wednesday urging him to direct federal resources toward addressing the Gold King Mine spill that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated mine sludge into the Animas River last week. The letter was sent by Colorado’s U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton; New Mexico’s U.S. Sens.

August 12, 2015--Experts see long-term calamity from Colorado mine spill (Science Monitor)

The toxic waste gushing from a Colorado mine and threatening downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous whenever contaminated sediments get stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday, suggesting that there's no easy fix to what could be a long-term calamity.

August 12, 2015--Animas River lawsuit against EPA 'on the table,' Colorado AG says (Denver Post)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said Wednesday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" after a massive wastewater spill caused by the agency fouled the Animas River last week. "I would hope that it would not be necessary," Coffman, a Republican, said.

August 11, 2015--Hickenlooper on mine spill: ‘We take this as a catalyst’ (CBS News)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday personally inspected the Animas River after the massive spill of wastewater. The plume of wastewater is gone and the river is clearing up, but it’s still off limits until at least next week. Yellow sludge can still be seen on the shorelines of the river. Hickenlooper says he’s concerned about health and businesses.

August 11, 2015--EPA: Decision to reopen Animas River a week off (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it doesn’t anticipate any decisions on whether to reopen the Animas River in Durango until at least Aug. 17.

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Courageous Carnivores and Compromised Conservationists: A lecture by Michael Soulé, environmentalist, conservation biologist, author and Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz

August 10, 2015--EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River (NPR)

In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado. The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday.

August 9, 2015--Tens of thousands of mines filled with toxic water lie under the West (Associated Press)

Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.

August 9, 2015--Animas River: La Plata and Durango declare state of emergency (Durango Herald)

Three million gallons of water containing mining waste has poured into the Animas River since Wednesday, and it is still unclear what the environmental and health impact of the spill, caused by the Environmental Protection Agency, will be.

August 8, 2015--Can life survive in the Animas River? (Durango Herald)

As about 1 million gallons of toxic sludge makes its way from Gold King Mine down the Animas River, scientists, politicians and Durango residents are bracing for the environmental fallout. At a public meeting Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said initial testing indicates the water contains levels of cadmium, lead, aluminum, copper and arsenic too high for safe drinking water.

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