Water Quality

August 28, 2015--‘Stigma’ from Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River could linger (Durango Herald)

Unsure of the economic losses the “stigma” of the Gold King Mine spill will have on businesses and property owners, an environmental litigation firm held a discussion Friday about the rights and remedies for affected interests. 


August 27, 2015--Wildlife officials survey Animas River fish in wake of Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

Animas River fish populations were already on the decline when an estimated 3 million gallons of mine runoff contaminated its waters earlier this month.


August 26, 2015--Superfund listing divides Silverton residents (Durango Herald)

 The question of Superfund dominated the first meeting of the Animas River Stakeholders Group to take place since the Gold King Mine blowout, and the topic divided the hundred people from Silverton, Durango and even Denver who crowded into Silverton Town Hall on Tuesday night. Peter Butler, co-coordinator of the group, acknowledged that the group has never formally endorsed or


August 25, 2015--Silverton and San Juan County seek quick-fix government funding (Colorado Independent)

The Town of Silverton and San Juan County plan to ask the federal government for quick-fix, disaster-relief funding to help counteract the impacts of the huge spill of acid mine drainage that turned the Animas River an alarming yellow earlier this month. Town and county officials passed a joint resolution Monday and Tuesday that calls for teaming up with affected downstream parties in the


August 23, 2015--EPA likely not prepared for scope of Gold King Mine blowout (Durango Herald)

U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of wastewater from an inactive gold mine yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered a 3-million-gallon spill, according to internal documents released by the Environmental Protection Agency.


August 22, 2015--New documents show EPA tried to warn Colorado about blowout potential at Gold King Mine (Summit Voice)

The EPA knew there was potential for a dangerous blowout at the Gold King Mine at least since the summer of 2014, when the agency issued a Task Order Statement of Work.


August 21, 2015--Hickenlooper: Animas River will be better than before spill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Though he meant no pun, Gov. John Hickenlooper said there may be a silver lining to the recent spill of heavy metals from an abandoned Silverton mine into the Animas River earlier this month.


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 17, 2015--Interior Department to investigate Gold King Mine accident (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the Department of Interior will do an independent review of the Gold King Mine blowout. According to a news release, the Interior Department will work to assess what caused the release of three million gallons of metals-contaminated wastewater Aug. 5 from the mine near Silverton.


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