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Local officials visit Gold King Mine site
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Posted on August 10 2015, 6:41pm by Mark Esper in Local News category

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From left, La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, San Juan County Board Chairman Ernie Kuhlman, Silverton nurse Lois MacKenzie, EPA on-scene coordinator Hayes Griswold and EPA assistant regional director Martin Hestmark, discuss the mine-waste disaster near the Gold King Mine portal on Monday afternoon, Aug. 10. Griswold explained what led up to the fateful moment when the huge pool of tainted water inside the mine portal burst through an earthen bank and swept into Cement Creek, far below, last Wednesday, Aug. 5.

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rf58 on August 11 2015, 0:28am
 when you look at google earth  it shows the GOLD KING MINE a narrow lake of gold -something- that was in 6/27/2014.what is that ?
wouldland on August 13 2015, 3:22pm
When the EPA officials say they take full responsibility, what exactly does that mean? Because of this big government agency the crops are ruined, the ground water is ruined, homes have lost value, people's health will be ruined, wildlife is in danger, and untold lives will be ruined. And all they say is "oops, we're sorry." Really?!  You people should organize. There should be a class action lawsuit against the EPA. It is unconscionable to do what they did and not be accountable. They certainly have no qualms ruining the lives of people when it suits them. They fine people and businesses thousands of dollars. Per day. For minor infractions. They owe this community much more than just money.
skibum78 on August 14 2015, 3:06pm
 @rf58 are you talking about the lined pond along county 53?  That'd be from the Red and Bonita Mine.
cbusenke on August 20 2015, 10:54am
I can't believe I'm using this expression, I have an awesome source telling me that the EPA did it on purpose and was well aware that it was going to cause the mess. What had been decided at the uppermost levels of the EPA was the benefits reaped from a "superfund" site which could really boost the EPA in terms of visibility, revenue collected from fees, regulatory fees, etc. The projected cost of this clean up(not from the EPA where they admitted to making up financial figures for their estimates) will probably come in just under $100 BILLION and take a very very long time due to the nature of it. The EPA plans on parking itself over the Colorado River and would like to redistribute the water-rights to help California as well as add regulations to how, when, where and if water from the Colorado River can be used. This includes its entire list of roles: drinking water, energy production, flooding removal of sediment for more natural river flow, boating and lake activity and water used for agriculture and periodically for forest fire control.
pagosa on August 26 2015, 9:38pm
Yes - The EPA caused this spill on purpose.  Reason - To qualify for Superfund status and get millions for a treatment plant and justify their existance.  If in doubt read the Silverton Standard editorial of July 30th - 1 week before the spill.  A retired geologist spelled out exactly what was going on up there and what would happen.  Boy was he right on.
I visited the site last week.  The Animas has cleared a lot except for yellow sediment on the bottom.  Cement Creek is still pure yellow even after 4 settlement ponds have been built.
P.S.  As a govt contractor in the 90's I managed the Superfund database.  My programmers let me know then that most of the money went to lawyers.  I doubt much has changed since then.