Tag: Abandoned Mines

DWQ's Ben Brown sampling the San Juan River.

A Look Back: On the Scene after the Gold King Mine Spill

By Christine Osborne This week, we take a look back at DEQ’s response to the Gold King Mine release two years ago.¬†On August 5, 2015, EPA contractors were clearing debris from the opening of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, when the blockage gave way, releasing three million gallons of acid mine drainage into …

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Water Quality: Gold King Mine Spill Underscores Need to Fix Leaky Mines

By Donna Kemp Spangler People all across the nation were stunned and outraged when on Aug. 5, a breach at the Gold King Mine turned the Animas River near Durango, Colo., a bright mustard-orange color. Even more shocking was the fact that federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contractors caused the disaster. It took a 3-million-gallon …

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