Good Samaritan Legislation


The Animas River Stakeholders Group is trying to get citizen participation in advocating for Good Samaritan Legislation via a website Trout Unlimited has set up. Please sign the petition to finally get common-sense legislation to help clean up our rivers!

Helping Good Samaritans Clean Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines

For years Colorado legislatures have been trying to pass laws that would make it easier for groups to clean up toxic pollution from abandoned mines. These groups, which are not responsible for the pollution but want to clean it up anyway, are called, appropriately enough, Good Samaritans.

July 30, 2016--EPA culpable but not alone in Gold King Mine mess (Denver Post)

A year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wound up red-faced after the Gold King Mine blowout turned the Animas River orange. Since then, the EPA won grudging support from Silverton and San Juan County to designate the Bonita Mountain mining district as a Superfund site, but little or no progress has been made on the ground toward a permanent fix.

July 10, 2016--Gold King Mine spill-related legislation inches forward (Durango Herald)

In the last year, Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., as well as Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Rep.

January 21, 2016--Colorado delegation poised to introduce Good Samaritan mine cleanup bill (Durango Herald)

Legislation to allow organizations the opportunity to clean up abandoned mines with liability protection is on the cusp of being introduced in the U.S. Congress. Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, are preparing to introduce Good Samaritan legislation along with Rep.

January 16, 2016--Outdated mining laws need fundamental reform (Aspen Daily Times)

If anything was made clear by last summer’s Gold King Mine spill, it was that the laws governing hardrock mining cleanup are woefully inadequate to respond to the vast economic and environmental liabilities perched above mountain communities throughout the West.

November 2, 1015--Colorado lawmakers pursue mine cleanup bill (Durango Herald)

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are continuing to pursue separate good Samaritan mine-restoration legislation, even as a new bill focusing on the same issue was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep.

October 31, 2015--Tipton seeks buy-in for bill to streamline mine cleanup (Montrose Press)

Spurred in part by the August environmental disaster that sent three million gallons of mine wastewater spilling down the Animas River, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is crafting legislation to address contamination at inactive mines. Tipton is still eyeing a “Good Samaritan” bill that would clear the way for private groups whose members work to clean up abandoned mines.

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