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Old 08-10-2015, 02:57 PM   #1
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Durango Silverton area,,,,, what a mess!

I've traveled this country a lot on my motorcycle, and one of the areas I was most taken with was Durango/Silverton. Loved the train ride, loved the mountains, the road, great place.

We were scheduled to visit there with the RV back in July, when an illness in the family caused us to cancel plans.

Just saw this article. The long term affects of this will be devastating to that area. Sorta impossible to clean this up.

http://www.weather.com/science/envir...mine-pollution

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We were there in July. Spent about 9-10 days in the Durango/Silverton area before heading over the mountain to Taylor River Reservoir. Beautiful area and this year was over the top for wild flowers. We drove up Cement Creek Road, along Cement Creek, looking for a good boondocking spot. We didn't go all the way because the canyon walls were just too close for any good spots.

Very sad, looks like we made it just in time.

EPA by line... "We are from the government, and we are here to help!"

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Old 08-10-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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We were there the last week of July as well. Really a sad situation, and all due to the wonderful, ever more intrusive Federal Gov't that is here to regulate and control all facets our lives.

I hope all downstream states take legal action against the EPA if possible.
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It was disgusting to see this mess. I've been to Durango three times (and rode the train each time) and river-rafted down the Animas River twice.

The river feeds into the Colorado River and that's a major source of drinking water.

Heads should roll over this!
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Listening to the news this morning on the way to work, they expect it to reach Lake Powell next couple days.

Amazing, 3 million gallons of crud, can contaminate a couple hundred miles of river? I know 3 million is a lot, but there has to be many billions of gallons along that 200 mile plus stretch of rivers. Cement creek, Animas River, and San Jaun river all polluted.

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Can you imagine what some of those whacko environmentalists would be doing had a private co. caused this? As it is I haven't read a word about the Sierra Club or others having anything to say. And I read this morning that the EPA says it's looks worse than it really is. WHAT??? Lets see arsenic, and heavy metals polluting the eco-system which will have long term effects, and it looks worse than it is. Give me a break!!!!!
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Very bad situation but I don't think it was the government who created the pollution. Maybe focus your anger on the source of the problem
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Can you imagine what some of those whacko environmentalists would be doing had a private co. caused this? As it is I haven't read a word about the Sierra Club or others having anything to say. And I read this morning that the EPA says it's looks worse than it really is. WHAT??? Lets see arsenic, and heavy metals polluting the eco-system which will have long term effects, and it looks worse than it is. Give me a break!!!!!
^^^EXACTLY!! Because this was caused by the EPA it is down-played and hardly reported on. Had this been a corporation or even a small business it would be all over the media and the company targeted as being irresponsible and unexcusable. I know the government didn't create the actual polution but that is who released it. I am merely stating the double standard that exists rather than working the problem/issue.

My wife and I are headed to Ouray next week so we will unfortunately get to see it first hand. We love that area and hope it doesn't completely destroy it.

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Very bad situation but I don't think it was the government who created the pollution. Maybe focus your anger on the source of the problem
Good idea. Let's head to the time machine and go back to 1920.
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Until the EPA stepped in it was under control. They applied their "expertise" and now we have a major long term disaster.
We'll be in Ouray next month and see how our know-it-all EPA experts fix their problem.
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Stop blaming the EPA. They hired a contractor that was trying to clean up some companies mess. The EPA didn't create the original mess, they were trying to clean it up. If the EPA left it alone, how many years would it be before the mine spilled that goo on it's own. Complaints should be directed to those that dug the mine, became filthy rich from the ore, and then left the mess for the American tax payers to clean up. Find the owners, blame them.
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The river is already clearing up. Not to say that the impact and issues aren't still present, but at least it's not orange anymore. Here is a pic from today.

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Until the EPA stepped in it was under control. They applied their "expertise" and now we have a major long term disaster.
We'll be in Ouray next month and see how our know-it-all EPA experts fix their problem.
Under control? Somehow I don't think that millions of gallons in toxic mine waste sitting around waiting for the day that something or someone accidentally sets it loose is under control. It is a disaster waiting to happen and in this case it has. The site in question has been reportedly leeching small amounts of contaminated material for years. How many other toxic stores like this are dotted around just this continent waiting for just such an occurrence? Do I really care how it got loose? Not especially. That it was allowed to sit there all these years without remediation does matter. Companies that can be tracked to such environmental disasters in training should be made to clean up such sites and in cases where there is no way to do that, then Governments should step in, clean up these sites, filter the water, remove the sediments and in general reduce the possibility of these cataclysmic events.
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