The yellow plume of contaminated wastewater that spilled from an abandoned Colorado mine and flowed downstream toward two other states is three times larger than originally estimated, federal officials say.
Business owners in Durango will meet on Monday to discuss the impact of the Animas River spill.
Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.
Top executives from Montana’s largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings.
Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.
A Denver-based company hoping to mine potash in northeast Arizona estimates such a project could have average annual production of about 1.3 million tons over the 26-year life of the mine.
A Colorado man survived 10 days in the remote Nevada desert by melting snow and using skills he learned as a Boy Scout, but the Nevada man he was traveling with has been found dead.
The residents of Silverton want tourists to stick around by offering the Silverton Heritage Pass. It’s a discounted admission to three places that tell the story of mining in Silverton.