Mining

La Plata County seeks additional payments to cover spill costs

The Environmental Protection Agency has already written La Plata County a check this week for $197,792 to offset costs related to the Gold King Mine spill, but the county says more is due. The...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet, New Mexico lawmakers introduce bill to reform 1872 mining law

WASHINGTON – Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet joined with his Democratic colleagues from New Mexico on Thursday to unveil a bill to reform the nation’s hard-rock mining laws in response to the...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA working through Gold King Mine spill reimbursements

La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe may have as many as 180 additional days to reach an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on reimbursement for costs associated with...

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

Former La Plata County Sheriff takes town administration in Silverton

SILVERTON – Newly hired Town Administrator Bill Gardner’s voice resounds through Silverton’s historic Town Hall with a mix of laughter and seriousness at the amount of issues facing the small...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers pursue mine cleanup bill

WASHINGTON – 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...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King mine owner: I won’t let Gladstone get stolen from me

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, made his first public appearance on Tuesday since the Aug. 5 blowout, and he had strong words for the Environmental Protection Agency and members of the...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed federal rule would protect streams near mines

WASHINGTON – A new stream-protection rule to protect waterways from surface coal mining contamination was met with stiff resistance by Senate Republicans on Tuesday during a hearing of the Senate...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Company says $10M offer to clean up mines north of Silverton still on the table

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has sent a letter that stirs up an elephant-in-the-room quandary for those invested in the health of the Animas River: Take $10 million now for water treatment in the Upper...

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

Independent report blames EPA for Gold King spill

DENVER – Federal investigators said Thursday that engineering errors by an Environmental Protection Agency-contracted team “led directly” to the August Gold King Mine spill, which could have been...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico releases monitoring plan after Gold King Mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE – Extensive soil and water sampling would be done along the Animas River in northwestern New Mexico and residents would be recruited to assess the level of heavy metals in their urine...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Gold King Mine water-treatment plant operational

DENVER – An interim water-treatment plant in Gladstone is operational in an effort by federal regulators to stabilize contaminated leakage at the Gold King Mine. The $1.5-million portable treatment...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King water treatment to begin

The dustings of snow on top of the San Juan Mountains only signify the urgency to which the Environmental Protection Agency looks to stabilize the discharge of acid mine drainage at the Gold King...

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

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