One Year Anniversary of Gold King Mine Approaches
- The Denver Post reports on criminal suit, and the EPA's growing tab, here.
- The EPA blames the state, reports Durango Herald.
- CPR, on superfund sites, 500 gallons a minute, and the legacy of abandoned mines statewide.
- AMRDI Ed: A year after the spill, and indeed much sooner, water quality levels returned to pre-spill levels, and the infamous orange tin receded. What the Gold King Mine spill did more damage to was community relations, and a tenuous and hard fought arrangement that brought myriad stakeholders together through the Animas River Stakeholders Group, along with other informal arrangements between mine owners and downstream users. But no one was prepared for what would happen on August 5, 2015. Anguish led to blame and recriminations, of the EPA, of the contractors, the state, and so on. More positively, and over time, a more nuanced understanding of the legacy of mines, of water quality, and the role of mining in history and identity were heard, as was the need to move forward, clean up, and consider a way of life in which mining is but one economic driver in a rural, mountain economy. Continued success.
Around the West, in Life and Death
- Colorado's minimum wage movement
- Montana's pain refugees.
- In rural Alaska, climate change is already leaving many hungry.
- In land transfer debate, news out of Alaska, 40 years in the making.
- With coal's collapse, rural county budgets are hit hard.
- Inside Energy provides a glimpse into life behind the coal layoffs. Video is here.
- Via New West, and the Missoulian, there's not time like the present -- US will speed up oil and gas permits on federal and Indian lands.