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.

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.

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 22, 2015--After Gold King Spill, focus turns to Good Samaritan Legislation (CPR)

Experts say the slow discharge of tainted waste is gradually polluting waterways. Across the West, a 2011 GAO report estimates about 33,000 abandoned hardrock mines are causing environmental problems. Colorado has identified 230 abandoned mines draining waste into waterways. Money is one hurdle.

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.

August 16, 2015--In wake of Animas River catastrophe, Bennet will back Good Samaritan law (Durango Herald)

The accident that turned the Animas River orange may be revitalizing efforts to allow more reclamation projects that wouldn’t be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Gold King Mine, now infamous for polluting the Animas River, is one of many mines near Silverton that have been oozing heavy metals for years.

August 1, 2013--Udall, Tipton introduce good sam legislation (Telluride Watch)

Good deeds should go unpunished. That is the motivation behind new bipartisan legislation jointly introduced on Thursday, Aug.

June 23, 2013--Proposed bill excites Animas cleanup group (Durango Herald)

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton has promised he will introduce legislation in the House to protect “good Samaritans” – meaning vigilante river cleaners – from being sued for their good works. The announcement came at a meeting of the Animas River Stakeholders Group on Thursday in Silverton’s City Hall.

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