Water Contamination

August 20, 2015--Attorneys general hear account of Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

Situated nearly 11,400 feet above sea level deep in the San Juan National Forest, the long-abandoned Gold King Mine is now surrounded by a flurry of activity from various state and federal agencies working to contain and treat wastewater leaking as a result of a catastrophic spill earlier this month just outside the small mountain town of Silverton.


August 18, 2015--After the blowout: Silverton faces watershed moment in wake of Gold King Spill (Silverton Standard)

Tucked in amongst towering mountains and surrounded by wilderness with no easy way in or out, Silverton is one of the smallest, highest, most rugged and isolated communities in Colorado. But the three million gallon spill that the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally unleashed from the nearby Gold King Mine into Cement Creek and the Animas River on Aug.


August 16, 2015--Animas River spill's political fallout defies expectations (Denver Post)

In a Donald Trump-esque political moment, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper defied all convention, all health and environmental fears about the Animas River, and took a drink of its water five days after 3 million gallons of pollution turned it orange.


August 15, 2015--Fort Lewis College brings expertise to Animas River (Durango Herald)

Understanding the science and accessing information about the Animas River spill can be a challenge to the lay person, so Fort Lewis College is offering its resources to the community. “As FLC professors and students begin to arrive back on campus ahead of the first day of classes on Aug.


August 14, 2015--Map: 1,645 miles of water feel the impact of abandoned CO mines (Colorado Public Radio)

When news of the Gold King Mine spill first emerged, many across the state quickly began wondering what other abandoned mines were hurting Colorado's water. Now the state Department of Public Health and Environment has a map to answer that question. In total, 1,645 miles of Colorado's streams are impaired by mining related impacts.


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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