Animas River

October 30, 2015--"Good Samaritan" legislation on agenda (Associated Press)

Congressional Republicans revived "Good Samaritan" legislation Thursday designed to encourage companies and nonprofits to help clean up thousands of abandoned mines across the nation by protecting them from liability for environmental accidents. The proposal was one of three the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled after the Environmental Protection Agency inadvertently unl


October 29, 2015--Gold King mine owner: I won’t let Gladstone get stolen from me (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, made his first public appearance on Tuesday since the Aug. 5 blowout, and he had strong words for the Environmental Protection Agency and members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. Hennis acquired the Gold King Mine in 2005 as part a foreclosure sale and has never had the opportunity to mine the network.


October 22, 2015--EPA's spill pales in comparison to everyday mine leaks (Greenwire)

Politicians, activists, tribes and media outlets have expressed shock at last month's abandoned mine spill in Colorado, which sent 3 million gallons of polluted water down the Animas River. But environmental advocates and groups that have for decades been trying to clean up the legacy of unregulated mining say the incident pales in comparison to the broader problem of tens of thousands


October 20, 2015--Silver lining to an orange river (Durango Herald)

Whether it’s been biology, chemistry, language arts, social studies or math, teachers in many local schools have incorporated the Gold King Mine spill into their classwork.


October 18, 2015--EPA: Colorado mine spill water treatment system proving effective (Denver Post)

A newly-installed temporary wastewater treatment system at the Gold King Mine site is already proving very effective, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. "The system is now operating 24 hours a day," the EPA said in a statement to The Denver Post.


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 7, 2015--Sewer plant will stay at Santa Rita Park (Durango Herald)

After months of contentious meetings, the Durango City Council Tuesday decided to remodel the sewer plant in Santa Rita Park. Councilors unanimously approved, minutes before midnight, a resolution outlining the intent to remodel the sewer plant for about $58 million, after hearing passionate opposition to an alternate site downstream near Animas Surgical Hospital. The decision


October 6, 2015--Sewer hurdles rising higher (Durango Herald)

The alternative site where the sewage-treatment plant could be rebuilt across from Mercury has some major flaws. The Durango Utilities Commission and members of the public pointed out some of the problems Monday after the release of a new report on the site by Mulhern MRE, a city consultant. Although the utilities commission did not make a recommendation on the site near Sawmil


October 6, 2015--How does Durango get its water? (Durango Herald)

When the river ran orange with mine waste in August, city taps still flowed with clean, usable water. To make sure Durango will have drinking water in a future emergency and to serve eventual growth, city officials would like to build a new $50 million Ridges Basin Water Treatment Plant below Lake Nighthorse. “It gives the city such great flexibility that it doesn’t


October 4, 2015--State water plan is shifting the focus forward (Grand Junction Sentinel)

It has been pointed out several times that the recent mine spill into the Animas River was, in one sense, a good thing. It re-awoke the public to Colorado’s checkered mining heritage, and the damage done to our rivers for more than a century. But Colorado’s mining legacy is more than old mines polluting mountain streams.


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