Gold King Mine spill

EPA creates partnership to study long-term water quality

The Environmental Protection Agency announced almost $3.6 million in funds and a partnership program to conduct long-term water quality monitoring for the San Juan River watershed. The partnership...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Steve Fearn, co-founder of Animas River Stakeholders Group, dies at 74

Steve Fearn, one of the founders of the Animas River Stakeholders Group who was involved with multiple water boards, and who at one time owned the Gold King Mine, died last week at his home in...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local author Jonathan Thompson says Gold King spill fits into familiar narrative

Local author Jonathan Thompson is starting to realize that his new book about the Gold King Mine spill, which simultaneously delves into the region’s dirty extractive history, may have the side...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA fires back at critics over Gold King Mine wastewater

DENVER – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fired back Thursday after a mining company accused the agency of failing to run a southwestern Colorado treatment plant at full capacity, letting...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Community groups help Colorado counties participate in Superfund process

Editor’s note: This story is the first Of what the Durango Herald plans to be many with a solutions focus. Solutions journalism is a growing practice in the media industry, and we see tremendous...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utah’s suit over Gold King Mine spill transferred to New Mexico court

ALBUQUERQUE – A panel of federal judges says Utah’s lawsuit over a mine waste spill will be transferred from a Salt Lake City court to one in New Mexico, where three similar suits were filed. The...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

EPA may be overstating claims from Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has almost finished an overdue review of damage claims from the Gold King Mine spill that the agency accidentally triggered, but an...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado official requests immunity for environmentalists cleaning up mines

WASHINGTON – A Colorado Department of Natural Resources representative told Congress on Thursday that the federal government needs to grant immunity from liability to groups that try to clean up...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

EPA orders Sunnyside Gold to investigate mine pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Sunnyside Gold Corp., the company that owned Silverton’s last operating mine, to investigate the groundwater around one of its mines. The order comes...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Animas River’s long ribbon of stories from Silverton to New Mexico

There is perhaps no one more suitable to tell the backstory of the Gold King Mine spill than Durango’s Jonathan Thompson. His book, River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Court denies challenge to Superfund site near Silverton

Federal judges on Tuesday dismissed Sunnyside Gold Corp.’s attempt to challenge some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s listing of mines in the Superfund site north of Silverton – its own...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuits against EPA contractor’s activity at Gold King Mine move ahead

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Legal challenges against a federal contractor involved in a mine waste spill that polluted rivers in three Western states are being allowed to move forward. The New Mexico...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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