gold king mine
The 2015 spill of 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from a defunct Colorado gold mine turned rivers orange.
A century and a half of hard-rock mining with no accountability, without consideration for environmental consequences or downstream neighbors has taken a heavy toll in the West. Metallic, acidic wastewater from mines have a long-term effect on agriculture, ranching, aquatic life, human and wild life, and aquifers.
If you felt sorrow for the fate of the Animas River in Southwestern Colorado, please know there are over 5,000 abandoned mines in the Animas river corridor that need remediation. Colorado alone has over 22,000 such mines.
This month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as another mining disaster has spilled millions of gallons of toxic mining waste and chemicals into our streams, rivers and lakes.
Treatment would cost millions of dollars, and do nothing to contain the thousands of other toxic streams across the nation.