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Southern Ute Tribe Declares Disaster Over Mining Spill in Animas Rive

Environment  (tags: water pollution, indigenous rights, waer, EPA< pollution, crisis, environment, destruction, ecosystems )

- 1434 days ago -
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the first to watch a 100-mile-long plume of toxic mining sludge flow through their reservation in the Animas River, has declared a state of local disaster.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday August 14, 2015, 1:21 am
It should have been declared a disaster a long time ago.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Friday August 14, 2015, 2:48 am
Yes, we are ind eed Masters of pollution and environment disasters............

Winn Adams (179)
Friday August 14, 2015, 7:28 am
This is a disaster and it certainly could have been avoided. :-(

Janet B (0)
Friday August 14, 2015, 12:53 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday August 14, 2015, 12:58 pm
I agree with Darren, & feel awfukl for any tribes being affected.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday August 14, 2015, 1:02 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
Well, the toxic metals are all sinking to the bottom, to remain there.

Dianne D (490)
Friday August 14, 2015, 1:53 pm
The EPA, Fish and Game and Secretary of Interiors have done nothing since the new Directors have come in a few years back. What a disappointing lot of people they are. They all need to be fired. None really seem to know what they job is so they do nothing but collect a huge paycheck.

John Lettieri (4)
Friday August 14, 2015, 2:45 pm
The heavier the metal will sink,Gold is the heaviest metal. all other metals will flow down stream unless it is conected to a rock.

Adrienne L (9)
Friday August 14, 2015, 3:30 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 14, 2015, 4:13 pm
"The Earth is our Mother, we have to take care of her!"
Thank you.

Colleen L (3)
Friday August 14, 2015, 4:19 pm
Sad that this happened. Hope they are safe. Thanks Cal

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 14, 2015, 7:15 pm
Sickening. I had placed a story on about this from the Navajo lands and they too do not have the resources to be dealing with something like this. Farmers and small herds is all they have, all that stands between them and not at all eating. They can't water their crops they might get some temporary help with water for the livestock. Then what is going to happen?

The Native Nations never wanted the "yellow gold' they had people running all over their lands for it, they had their land stolen for it, they were killed for simply being there. The one's who made the money left the mess so now even today, it's the native people's who suffer once more for not leaving the land alone.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Friday August 14, 2015, 8:03 pm
This is truly a disaster for everything that lives in or near the river and for the people downstream who depend on it for drinking water and should not need to be declared to get some help to battle the consequences of a dreadful mistake. The EPA should take responsibility and do everything in its power to limit the damage AND restore the environment as much as possible.

Leopold Marek (23)
Saturday August 15, 2015, 2:15 am
Shut the company down

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday August 15, 2015, 9:48 am
Noted - thanks for raising awareness.

Companies responsible for these spills need to be just that - responsible! They need to be held accountable and pay up for the damage caused.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Saturday August 15, 2015, 12:54 pm
Thank you

Autumn Perrotta (0)
Saturday August 15, 2015, 11:25 pm
Thank you

Ruth R (246)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 3:27 pm
Hope that the people do well to get this pollution cleaned up, while staying uncontaminated.
Any petitions?-- let's sign them.

Ruth R (246)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 3:32 pm
Toxic mining sludge may contain poisonous chemicals.

Arild Warud (174)
Monday August 17, 2015, 2:25 am
TY Cal.
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