Another f****** mining mess on another trout stream. This summers victim? The historic Animas River in SW Colorado. I used to hang out in the country a bit years ago. The Animas is a very cool river, and used to hold the Colorado state record Brown Trout.
You can read all about it in the link below. Sounds like the EPA was investigating an old mine with a revoked permit and there was a breach. I’m sure some will jump on the EPA. Let’s wait and see. Probably one of those old mining disasters that no one can figure out how to clean up. There’s a few of those around Montana.
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I do love how the fly fishing community jumps this shit quick on Social Media these days. Facebook was buzzing last night.
Mining is such a short-sighted practice. The only reasons I can see to develop a new mine in a fragile ecosystem are:
- More money!
- Right now!
Hopefully incidents like this (and last summers Mount Polley disaster in BC) will convince citizens to stand up to mining interests that are motivated by nothing but greed. But we have to keep on it, like the devoted Bristol Bay crowd. The mining companies know that if they wait long enough, we will forget.
Use the comments to add any other mining projects that you know of in the works, especially if they threaten any of the worlds fisheries.
Header photo – KOB 4 News New Mexico
Following photo – Michael Constantine/Denver Herald