Tag Archives: abandoned mines

Senate Considers Imposing New Mine Royalties

MICHAEL-BENNETColorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet along with Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) are introducing a bill to reform antiquated hardrock mining laws. On the three-month anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill, the senators are introducing the Hardrock Continue reading

Congress Reviving Good Samaritan Laws

EPA-300Congressional Republicans are reviving “Good Samaritan” legislation that would offer some legal protection to companies and nonprofits if they work to clean up abandoned mines. The proposal was one of three bills the House Natural Resources Committee announced yesterday after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater Continue reading

Report Says EPA Solely Responsible for Mine Spill

EPA-300Government investigators squarely blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying a cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid. The Interior Department probe concludes Continue reading

Congress Digging Into EPA Mine Spill

EPA-300The focus on a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states is shifting to Congress, where lawmakers this week kick off a series of hearings into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency incident. Leading House and Senate Republicans said EPA officials were frustrating their attempts to investigate the spill. They want Continue reading