Mining

EPA report: $14 million spent on spill so far

The Environmental Protection Agency has so far spent more than $14 million in its response to the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine blowout, according to an internal document. And an Oct. 6 weekly Situation...

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

EPA: Tests say water sent to Navajos met standards

DENVER – New tests on water sent to Navajo Nation farmers after millions of gallons of waste spilled from a Colorado mine indicate that the emergency supply met federal and tribal standards for...

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

Aerial tour a glimpse of water’s importance

Soaring above Southwest Colorado reveals a magnificent landscape as the San Juan Mountains spill out into the shining desert lands to the south. But the aerial view also offers a drastic insight...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Contractor named in second EPA mine spill

DENVER – A different contractor than the one used during August’s Gold King Mine spill was involved with a water-contamination incident near Crested Butte last week. HDR Engineering Inc. has become...

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

Century-old Rico mines require ongoing monitoring

The headwaters of the Dolores River share space with century-old mines similar to the Gold King Mine that spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River this August. But the...

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

Tipton questions Superfund status

DENVER – U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday expressed concerns with the prospect of federal officials moving forward with a Superfund listing for Silverton near the inactive Gold King Mine. A...

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

Water-treatment system announced for Gold King

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced it will build a temporary water-treatment system in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill. The $1.78-million portable treatment...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senator announces legislation in wake of mine-waste spill

ALBUQUERQUE – The federal government would be required to identify the most dangerous abandoned mines in the West and make plans to clean them under legislation introduced Tuesday in response to...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

King Coal Mine seeks county’s OK

For the residents along Hay Gulch Road in southwest La Plata County, one question has remained unanswered for almost a decade: How has a mine producing an average of 1 million tons of coal a year...

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

Monthly Animas meeting moves downstream

The Animas River Stakeholders Group made its way downstream Tuesday, holding its first meeting in Durango in almost two years. The decision to hold the group’s monthly meeting at the La Plata...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials refused for weeks to share water-quality data with their state counterparts following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Agency considers treatment facility

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a temporary water-treatment plant after the Gold King Mine spill. Documents released this week highlight a bidding process that began a...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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