Hasten Investigation Into Colorado Mine Waste Spill


Target: EPA Chief Executive Officer Nial Finegan

Goal: Quicken investigations into the Colorado waste water spill that is threatening the lives of the people nearby.

A recent toxic mine waste spill into Colorado waters could be significantly larger than first estimated, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency reported that the amount of heavy metal-laced water that found its way from the Gold King Mine into a river could be three times its initial estimate.

The spill leaked into the Animas River and discolored the water. The EPA had initially claimed one million gallons of waste water spilled, but it has changed the estimate to three million gallons after it used the U.S. Geological Survey’s stream gauge.

So far, the EPA has not been able to establish whether aquatic life and humans face health risks due to the spill. Reports from a toxicologist claim that the sludge moved quickly after the spill and would not have resulted in significant health effects.

The EPA should be held accountable. They need to launch speedy investigations to determine the extent of the spill. The agency has been tasked with the role of safeguarding the environment. Therefore, it should be able to give credible information at any given time. These inconsistencies could only mean danger to human life as well as aquatic animals.

The spill has affected people, the local government, and businesses since it has created doubts in terms of citizen safety. People have been forced to change their water usage routines, as the agency is slow in unveiling the real details of the spill.

The discolored water has continued to stretch into the New Mexico municipalities, meaning more lives could be at risk if the agency does not find a quick solution. Residents cannot cook or shower as they are scared the water could be poisonous. Worse, EPA has not given clear guidelines on how long the cleanup efforts will take.

Sign this petition to demand speedy investigation into the Colorado spill.


Dear Nial Finegan,

Your agency claims that the recent mine waste spill into Colorado waters could be three times the amount estimated initially. The spill leaked into the Animas River and discolored the water. Unfortunately, you have not been able to give clear guidelines on whether humans and aquatic life face health risks.

Reports indicate that the spill could not have resulted in serious health problems. However, the inconsistency in your claims is an indicator that human health could be at risk. You should be accountable to the extent of giving proper details on the scale of the spill because that is what your agency is mandated to do.

The spill has already affected people’s lives, and this could get worse if you do not give finer details about the extent of the spill. Act fast and launch speedy investigations into the matter to protect the life of humans and other living things that depend on the water.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Lee Cannon

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One Comment

  1. G L Sanchez-Levne says:

    1st, EPA employees responsible did not notify them; a reporter approached EPA and that’s how they found out…2nd, the public was not notified till later, too. We had no time to try and stop the contaminations from coming down the river. 3rd, EPA said it was a small amount and then we found out it was many many times worst than was recorded. Now, they say it will dilute itself…WHEN? EPA you owe it to us to get out there and clean your mess! (as BP is doing in the Gulf of Mexico)

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