"Water Cleanup Bill in Delicate Dance With Mining Law Reform"

"Just outside of Central City in Colorado’s Gilpin County, the historic Perigo gold mine drains metal-laden water at an average of 70 gallons per minute into a small perennial stream known as Gamble Gulch. Below the mine for six miles, the gulch is virtually devoid of life, according to the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety.

A design for a proposed cleanup project has been completed, but the state won’t bid it out because officials worry that if it does, it open itself up, in perpetuity, to a lawsuit under the Clean Water Act.

Poisoned Gamble Gulch -- and likewise toxic waterways around the state and country -- are at the center of a legislative tug of war."

Katie Redding reports for the Colorado Independent November 30, 2009.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009