Mining Spill

October 25, 2015--Company says $10M offer to clean up mines north of Silverton still on the table (Durango Herald)

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has sent a letter that stirs up an elephant-in-the-room quandary for those invested in the health of the Animas River: Take $10 million now for water treatment in the Upper Animas Basin or take your chances with the Environmental Protection Agency.


October 10, 2015--Animas spill: Fix what’s broken, don’t break what works (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s actions in releasing contaminants into the Animas River from the Gold King Mine has triggered much concern and debate about the agency’s actions at the site and what Congress may do to prevent such incidents in the future. Adding to the public’s confusion are erroneous statements by some who see this as a platform for enacting even mo


October 9, 2015--Are our headwaters at risk of a mine leak? (Cortez Journal)

The headwaters of the Dolores River share space with century-old mines similar to the Gold King mine that spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River this August. But the long-abandoned Argentine Mine Complex near Rico is receiving proper pollution controls to reduce the risk of such an accident, mining officials say. The St.


October 8, 2015--Latest EPA mine spill raises new questions (Durango Herald)

News Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency was responsible for another mine spill, this time near Crested Butte, came with a quick political punch. But the Standard Mine spill, which occurred at a Superfund site, is greatly different than the Aug.


October 3, 2015--Tipton questions Superfund status (Durango Herald)

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday expressed concerns with the prospect of federal officials moving forward with a Superfund listing for Silverton near the inactive Gold King Mine. A divide has emerged over the Superfund question, with some residents and officials of Silverton worried the listing would be a stain on the community.


October 3, 2015--Economic future in flux after Gold King spill (Durango Herald)

The economic stability of Southwest Colorado could be in peril, according to financial victims of the Gold King Mine spill, who spoke in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The three speakers – representing La Plata County, Durango and Silverton interests – spoke at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.


September 27, 2015--A critical step in protecting the West’s waterways (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The massive and tragic spill of mine wastewater into the Animas River is a stark reminder of the impacts energy and mineral development can have on our waterways.  While we have come a long way since the mining rush of the 19th century, energy and mineral development continues throughout Colorado and the West.  Development must be done responsibly especially when it comes to our preci


September 26, 2015--Questions arise over contractor selection at Gold King Mine (Durango Herald)

Questions are being raised after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the same contractor who played a role in the Gold King Mine spill will oversee the contract for a new water-treatment system. St.


September 23, 2015--Gold King Mine's temporary treatment plant to open by Oct. 14 (Denver Post)

The federal government said Wednesday it will open a temporary water treatment system at the Gold King Mine by Oct. 14 to deal with the spoiled waters. The portable plant will treat 550 gallons per minute of water still discharging from the mine in southwest Colorado, according to an Environmental Protection Agency news release.


September 22, 2015--Senate debates how to prevent another Gold King Mine disaster (Denver Post)

Members of the U.S. Senate recently sparred over two related — and sometimes competing — plans that supporters said could prevent a repeat of the Gold King Mine disaster in southwest Colorado. The debate was part of a 90-minute hearing that focused on the Aug.


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