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Navajo Nation confiscates water tanks after mine spill

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday ordered tribal police to confiscate water tanks delivered to Shiprock that were intended to hold water that residents could use to irrigate crops and water livestock. Tribal officials were concerned about what they said was contamination in the tanks. The tanks were needed after more than 3 million gallons of toxic ...

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Gov. Susana Martinez says NMED will review EPA response to spill

FARMINGTON — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Environment Department will investigate the Gold King Mine spill that released more than 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers earlier this month. The investigation will examine the spill’s cause and the response from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which accepted responsibility for ...

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Interior Department will review Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the federal Department of the Interior will lead an independent review of the Gold King Mine spill that released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River from an abandoned mine north of Silverton, Colo., earlier this month. The review’s goal is to provide the EPA an analysis ...

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Federal Judge rejects O&G permit halt in New Mexico

The Bureau of Land Management near Farmington will continue to issue oil and gas permits, despite requests from nearby environmentalists to halt development permits. The Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge James Browning rejected the proposal Friday. Environmentalists’ push to halt the area’s oil and gas development has spanned several months. The BLM received a 34-page letter last October drafted ...

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Organizations continue accepting donations in response to the mine spill


FARMINGTON — Regional organizations are continuing to accept donations to help individuals impacted by the restrictions placed on the use of the Animas and San Juan rivers. Both rivers were contaminated after more than 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste was released from the Gold King Mine in Colorado on Aug. 5. Linda Mickey, executive director of San Juan ...

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Top EPA official observes water testing in Farmington

FARMINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Wednesday evening at an EPA field office in Farmington that the problems of Colorado’s Upper Animas Mining District extend far beyond the Gold King Mine. In a one-on-one interview, McCarthy told The Daily Times the mines that pockmark the mountains surrounding Silverton, Colo., leaking toxic waste into the Animas River ...

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Mine waste has fouled the Animas River several times over the years

FARMINGTON — In 1978, after a mine shaft beneath a high-altitude lake north of Silverton, Colo., collapsed releasing millions of gallons of sediment-laden water that found its way into the Animas River, neither federal nor state officials in Colorado notified New Mexico of the incident. Afterward, a Colorado Department of Health official vowed that never again would New Mexico officials ...

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State regulators pass on deciding on PNM plan

FARMINGTON — Members of the state Public Regulation Commission unanimously decided to table any action on a plan designed to ensure continued operations at the San Juan Generating Station during a meeting in Santa Fe Wednesday. The commission is considering a plan by the plant’s majority owner, the Public Service Company of New Mexico, that involves retiring two units at ...

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