Animas River

August 15, 2015--Could this happen in the Pine River? (Pine River Times)

Can three million gallons of toxic waste spill into the Pine/Los Pinos River? Or could another spill in the Animas River reach here? No. First, the Pine River drainage is separate from the Animas River drainage, with Missionary Ridge serving as the natural dividing line between the two. The Aug.


August 14, 2015--Map: 1,645 miles of water feel the impact of abandoned CO mines (Colorado Public Radio)

When news of the Gold King Mine spill first emerged, many across the state quickly began wondering what other abandoned mines were hurting Colorado's water. Now the state Department of Public Health and Environment has a map to answer that question. In total, 1,645 miles of Colorado's streams are impaired by mining related impacts.


August 14, 2015--Animas River open for recreational use, sheriff said (Denver Post)

The Animas River is now open for recreational use with a health advisory from the state health department, officials said Friday afternoon.


August 14, 2015--Feds look at long-term solution to mining pollution (Daily Times)

While experts continue to monitor conditions on the Animas River after a spill last week at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, federal officials are beginning to discuss solutions to the decades-old problem of pollution in the Upper Animas Mining District. On Wednesday, a bipartisan coalition of U.S.


August 13, 2015--Congressmen appeal to Obama after Gold King disaster (Durango Herald)

Colorado and New Mexico lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a letter Wednesday urging him to direct federal resources toward addressing the Gold King Mine spill that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated mine sludge into the Animas River last week. The letter was sent by Colorado’s U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton; New Mexico’s U.S. Sens.


August 12, 2015--Experts see long-term calamity from Colorado mine spill (Science Monitor)

The toxic waste gushing from a Colorado mine and threatening downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous whenever contaminated sediments get stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday, suggesting that there's no easy fix to what could be a long-term calamity.


August 12, 2015--Animas River lawsuit against EPA 'on the table,' Colorado AG says (Denver Post)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said Wednesday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" after a massive wastewater spill caused by the agency fouled the Animas River last week. "I would hope that it would not be necessary," Coffman, a Republican, said.


August 11, 2015--Hickenlooper on mine spill: ‘We take this as a catalyst’ (CBS News)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday personally inspected the Animas River after the massive spill of wastewater. The plume of wastewater is gone and the river is clearing up, but it’s still off limits until at least next week. Yellow sludge can still be seen on the shorelines of the river. Hickenlooper says he’s concerned about health and businesses.


August 11, 2015--EPA: Decision to reopen Animas River a week off (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it doesn’t anticipate any decisions on whether to reopen the Animas River in Durango until at least Aug. 17.


August 10, 2015--EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River (NPR)

In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado. The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday.


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