Catastrophe on the Animas

Catastrophe on the Animas

Toxic water floods river after EPA disaster at Gold King Mine in Silverton

Catastrophe on the Animas

Kayakers Dan Steaves, Eric Parker and David Farkas find themselves surrounded Thursday by the toxic mine waste that began flowing Wednesday into the Animas River from the Gold King Mine north of Silverton.
KOB-TV in Albuquerque flew over the Animas Valley on Thursday afternoon and captured the toxic wastewater in the Animas River. The wastewater, spilled from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, quickly wended its way downstream from Silverton to Durango.
Abbie Jefferson, left, Jim White, right, and Pete Cadmus, all with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, set up cages Thursday with rainbow trout fingerlings near the High Bridge to gauge the effect on fish from the toxic mine wastewater that was released accidentally into the Animas River.
“I’m sad about it. It’s scary,” said Corrie Downing, who went to the 32nd Street put-in to see the plume of Gold King Mine waste as it makes its way toward town.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife set up cages Thursday with rainbow trout fingerlings near the High Bridge to gauge the effect on fish from the Gold King Mine toxic spill into the Animas River.
Dave Kendall is shocked as he looks at the Animas River behind his ranch Thursday north of Durango. The river began to fill with toxic mine waste Wednesday after a mining and safety team working for the Environmental Protection Agency breached a bulkhead at the Gold King Mine north of Silverton.
A crowd at 32nd Street waits for signs of the mine waste coming downstream. A toxic leak from the Gold King Mine dumped more than 1 million gallons of contaminants into the river, and it oozed its way from Silverton to Durango.
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A call center has been set up for the public at 385-8700. Information is available on La Plata County's website at www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency, San Juan Basin Health Department's website at www.sjbhd.org, the La Plata County Government Facebook

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