Animas River Stakeholders Group

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In this episode of The River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Peter Butler of the Animas River Stakeholders Group about what has been learned about the effects of the Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River in early August, how it has brought more attention to river contamination from mining, and where we go from here.

Abandoned Mine Clean Up

Feb 17, 2014
Sierra Club

Originally aired in February of 2014, before the Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River on August 5th, 2015. 

Abandoned mines across the west many times drain water that is contaminated by heavy metals and other pollutants. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with documentary video producer Tom Schillaci and Peter Butler from the Animas River Stakeholders Group about how their efforts to clean up these mines is hampered by legislation that places liability on them under the Clean Water Act.