Gold King Mine

December 19, 2015--State official who clashed with EPA over mine spill resigns (Associated Press)

Colorado's top environmental official is stepping down, months after he clashed with federal authorities over a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine in southwest Colorado. Mike King's resignation was announced Thursday. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources had led the agency since 2010. King clashed with the U.S.


December 18, 2015--For enviro groups, Gold King spill intensifies mission (Durango Herald)

Though the Animas River has returned to its normal shades of blue, not all has returned to normal since last summer’s Gold King Mine spill. For a handful of local environmental groups, operations have vastly changed since the national spotlight turned on Southwest Colorado on Aug.


December 17, 2015--Gold King talks launched, locals seek voice and EPA funding proof (Denver Post)

More than four months after the Gold King blowout, toxic orange-hued waste still drains into headwaters of the Animas River — and some residents want the Environmental Protection Agency to consider draining a plugged nearby mine to enable a better cleanup. "Then we could go in and mine it again," said Silverton resident and f


December 16, 2015--Water monitoring plans may bring Four Corners together (Durango Herald)

Agreeing that collaboration is key, New Mexico environmental officials extended a hand in partnership to La Plata County during a Wednesday meeting about long-term water monitoring plans. Four months after an Environmental Protection Agency-caused spill at the Gold King Mine in Silverton sent 3 million gallons of acidic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers work continues f


December 10, 2015--Disagreement between state and EPA over Gold King Mine spill lingers (Durango Herald)

Additional details released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Gold King Mine spill continue to highlight the state’s possible role in the disaster. The EPA released further details on Tuesday evening, hours before a congressional panel on Wednesday morning would interrogate Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on her department’s role in investig


December 9, 2015--Congress calls for new Gold King Mine investigation (Denver Post)

 In the face of what he described as "stonewalling" by the Obama administration, the head of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday called for a new, independent investigation into the federal response to the Gold King Mine accident in southwest Colorado. The request by U.S. Rep.


December 4, 2015--‘Weird, creepy’ color of river alarms conservationists (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the wake of August’s Gold King Mine breach near Silverton — which saw 3 million gallons of yellow waste water spilled into a tributary of the Animas River — local riverkeepers have carefully monitored the San Miguel watershed for similar pollutants. So when a mysterious plume floated downriver from Ophir last weekend, environmentalists became alarmed. Camille Pric


November 29, 2015--Owner of Gold King Mine feels victimized by EPA (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, was vacationing at a remote lake in upstate New York when a friend sent him images of the Environmental Protection Agency-contracted crew’s triggered blowout on his property, effectively turning the Animas River into an orange spectacle.


November 23, 2015--Silverton, San Juan County officials will pursue Superfund (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years of debate, the town of Silverton will officially engage the Environmental Protection Agency to work toward listing the mining district in the Upper Animas watershed as a Superfund site. Thursday night, San Juan County commissioners and the Silverton Town Board trustees said a motion will be presented at those agencies’ next respective board meetings to direct


November 16, 2015--History in the headlines (Durango Herald)

Recently released archival photos of mine tailing pits above Silverton highlight that not much has changed when it comes to complaints about mine waste since the region’s early settlement. “Ranchers and farmers who want to use water for irrigation in the lower valley have always attempted to force the mine and mill operators to keep the tailings from polluting the streams; howe


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