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Colorado Reaches $5 Million Settlement With Federal Agencies Over Gold King Mine Spill

In the seven years since the Animas River turned an alarming mustard color due to the Gold King Mine spill, lawyers representing Colorado’s government worked alongside those from federal agencies to file and settle lawsuits against private companies they deemed at least partly responsible. Large sums of money were obtained.

Colorado recently turned to the feds themselves for more.

The Colorado State Attorney General’s Office announced a $5 million settlement was approved Thursday by the Colorado Natural Resources Trustees. The settlement resolves the state’s damage claims at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. That site consists of 48 historic (mostly abandoned) mines or mining-related sources located at the headwaters of the Animas River. The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management manage federal lands within the mining district.

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