Elected officials in Colorado and New Mexico are in Durango Wednesday with questions for the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about why it took so long to report the spill of toxic water into the Animas River.
At the Gold King Mine, Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, couldn’t help but see the concerned faces of his people.
People who live along the Animas River could be ingesting the contaminated water in any number of ways, from drinking it to showering in it, and the fear is how much exposure those people have had.
For rafting and fishing businesses, this year was set to be one of the best but that all changed last week after the massive spill of wastewater on the Animas River.
A timeline of Tuesday’s news about the mine spill in the Animas River.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday personally inspected the Animas River after the massive spill of wastewater.
Townspeople watching millions of gallons of orange-colored mine waste flow through their communities demanded clarity Tuesday about possible long-term threats to their water supply.
Colorado’s governor is visiting a stretch of river contaminated by yellow wastewater that spilled from an abandoned mine.
The now notorious orange plume is clearing in Durango, but the problems the toxic sludge left behind go far beyond the yellow tinge on river rocks still visible from downtown.
The Animas River in southwestern Colorado will remain closed at least another week after millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into the river.