Mining

EPA: Contaminants near pre-spill levels

Less than three weeks after 3 million gallons of contaminated mine runoff surged down the Animas River, Environmental Protection Agency officials said metal concentrations in surface water are...

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

Celebrating the Animas River

4Corners Riversports owner Andy Corra stood along the banks of the Animas River, almost two weeks after a toxic mining spill critically contaminated its waters, and announced to more than 100 river...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alaskans concerned with Canadian mining plans

JUNEAU, Alaska – A provincial map showing the planned or potential mining activity in British Columbia is so pocked that Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says it looks like it has the measles. It’s...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Survey of Animas River fish looks promising

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff were back on the Animas River Thursday to monitor the health of the fish and other wildlife, after the release of 3 million gallons of heavy-metal waste that...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmaker considers legislation to sue EPA

Rep. Don Coram said he is considering introducing legislation next year that would empower the attorney general’s office to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency after the...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Green and clean

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Costs and lingering sediment remain a concern

With news improving concerning the Animas River spill, local officials can now turn their attention to more long-term issues, such as impacts to the budget and contaminated sediment that might...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Potential contamination alarms farmers

Some farms in southern La Plata County are hurting without irrigation water for crops a week after 3 million gallons of polluted mine water flowed into the Animas River. Hay farmer John Rehorn said...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA chief confirms Animas is recovering

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday confirmed what Colorado officials already knew, that readings of the Animas River show a return to pre-contamination conditions. Gina...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Test fish removed from Animas River

Call them the little fish that could. Colorado Parks and Wildlife placed 108 fingerlings – measuring 1½ to 2 inches in length – in the Animas River on Wednesday, well before the mustard-yellow...

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

Navajo president plans lawsuit over mine blowout

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye shared his outrage about the Gold King Mine blowout with Durangoans, and a day later, the tribe’s officials declared a state of emergency on Navajo lands....

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

Guv ‘disappointed’ with EPA spill response

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to arrive in Durango on Tuesday to assess damage after contamination of the Animas River from runoff from the Gold King Mine blowout. The governor, a...

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

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