Gold King Mine

Animas River Water Quality

The Animas River Community Forum (ARCF) is a community group that formed in response to the Gold King Mine blow out in August 2015 to address concerns regarding response, recovery, and cohesive solutions for water quality in the Animas River. State Senator Ellen Roberts convened the group as she saw a need for the community(ies), including nonprofits, governments, citizens and business groups, to get involved in the issue working together; to learn from the experience; and to play a role in defining future actions including educating stakeholders from across Colorado and other audiences about the lessons learned.


March 31, 2016--Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman questioned over Gold King (Cortez Journal)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is preparing defensive and offensive strategies to legal disputes in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill.


March 27, 2016--EPA appoints Gold King Mine Superfund manager (Durango Herald)

Water sampling and community coordination will be the first items of business for Rebecca Thomas, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly appointed remedial project manager for the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. Thomas has done remedial work on Superfund sites in Libby, Montana, which endured asbestos contamination, and the California Gulch and Kennecott Copper Mine


March 26, 2016--Hickenlooper: 'Time is now' to move on West's leaking mines (Denver Post)

Over a recent Sunday breakfast, Gov. John Hickenlooper, fellow Western governors and chiefs of key federal agencies put their heads together on the problem of leaking inactive mines. It has stymied Western leaders for decades. But during that Feb.


March 23, 2016--Spring runoff red-flags Animas aquatic life (Cortez Journal)

Water samples taken from the Animas River during the season’s first spring runoff since August’s Gold King Mine spill raise a “red flag” for potential harm to aquatic life in the waterway. On Feb.


March 5, 2016--San Juan Clean Water Coalition to hold launch party Monday (Durango Herald)

Six months before the Gold King Mine blowout, a grass-roots movement prompted elected officials in Southwest Colorado to propose a site-specific good Samaritan legislation for counties within the San Juan Mountains. The idea was to implement a pilot program that would provide adequate protections for parties undertaking remediation projects in the hopes the legislation could spread


February 29, 2016--Superfund cleanup sought for Gold King, other mines (Denver Post)

Silverton and San Juan County officials seeking a Superfund cleanup at the Gold King and 45 other leaking inactive mines are trusting EPA promises that they'll get priority. They say they've negotiated for months with the Environmental Protection Agency and feel the EPA role causing the Gold King disaster means local needs will be met. Gov.


February 27, 2016--New Mexico, Navajo Nation prepare for spring run-off carrying heavy metals (NMED News)

While temperatures warm and the high altitude snowpack in Colorado’s Southern Rockies & San Juan Mountains begins to melt, Animas/San Juan watershed communities are getting ready for the re-disturbance of toxic heavy metals in their primary water source. The U.S.

February 24, 2016--Future of Animas River Stakeholders Group uncertain (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years leading the cleanup of mine waste in the Animas River basin, the future is a bit of a mystery for the Animas River Stakeholders Group now that a Superfund listing is officially in the works. “I think it’s really just up in the air,” said Peter Butler, a coordinator with the group. “We don’t know at this point.


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