Mining

EPA takes hands-off approach to investigation

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told U.S. senators there are still many unknowns until the Department of Interior completes its review of the EPA’s handling of the Gold...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County wants real-time water-monitoring system

La Plata County commissioners are sorting through an intricate web of Gold King Mine responses and recovery options in the hopes of establishing a real-time water-monitoring system and other...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restoration breathes life into wetland

SILVERTON – The mining industry that boomed in the early 20th century plundered the mountains of Southwest Colorado of their wealth of gold and silver. When operations finished, scars remained as a...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

S. Utes: Spill costs at $200K

IGNACIO – The price tag for the Gold King Mine disaster has reached about $200,000 for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and additional expenditures are likely. Southern Ute Chairman Clement Frost...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congress drills EPA on mine spill

As part of a series of congressional hearings, outraged members of the U.S. House of Representatives grilled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and affiliated parties and asked the agency to...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County’s water sampling results matches EPA data

La Plata County officials’ independent study of water samples taken from the Animas River are in line with data published by the Environmental Protection Agency. While doing remedial work at the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

State officials say Animas River fish safe to eat

DENVER – Trout from the Animas River are safe to eat following water contamination from the Gold King Mine spill, according to an announcement Wednesday by state health officials. Samples of fish...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Antiquated mining law hamstrings cleanups

DENVER – Outdated hard-rock mining laws enacted in the 1870s tie the hands of the federal government to curb pollution that contaminates water supplies, as was the case with the Gold King Mine...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA documents detail frightening Gold King Mine scramble

DENVER – An Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team found themselves scrambling in the frightening first moments of the Gold King Mine spill, new documents released Thursday show. The...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials survey Animas River fish in wake of Gold King Mine spill

Animas River fish populations were already on the decline when an estimated 3 million gallons of mine runoff contaminated its waters earlier this month. Now, wildlife officials are trying to...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Insufficient’ planning cited in EPA investigation of Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – An internal investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency into the Gold King Mine spill found that an “insufficient” analysis of water pressure led to the spill. Testing the water...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Superfund issue may dominate Tuesday’s Animas River Stakeholders Group meeting

The Animas River Stakeholders Group – an un-elected volunteer group that for two decades has been at the center of the debate about how to address the pollution gushing out of Silverton’s defunct...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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