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Main Title River of lost souls : the science, politics, and greed behind the Gold King Mine disaster /
Author Thompson, Jonathan P.
Publisher Torrey House Press,
Year Published 2018
OCLC Number 974690856
ISBN 9781937226831; 1937226832
Subjects Environmental degradation--West (US) ; Environmental disasters--West (US) ; Waste spills--Colorado--Gold King Mine (San Juan County) ; Abandoned mined lands reclamation--Accidents--Colorado--Gold King Mine (San Juan County) ; Water--Pollution--Animas River (Colo and NM) ; Mineral industries--Environmental aspects--West (US) ; Energy development--Environmental aspects--West (US) ; Hydraulic fracturing--Environmental aspects--West (US) ; Mines and mineral resources--History ; Animas River (Colo and NM)--History ; HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY) ; NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection ; POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy ; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief ; United States--Animas River ; United States, West
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  GE155.C6T46 2018 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 12/19/2018
Edition First Torrey House Press edition.
Collation 312 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-312).
Contents Notes
Part 1. Headwaters: Blowout -- Holy land -- Awful in their sublimity -- Dandelion brew -- Olaf and the Gold King -- Perfect poison -- Slime wars I -- Vertical integration -- Hard rain's gonna fall -- The blackest week -- Slime wars II -- Strike -- Part II. Fossils: Moving mountain -- "This can't be the United States" -- Hot spot -- Radiate as directed -- Part III. We're all downstreamers: Black decade -- Project Skywater -- Lake Emma -- The fish question -- Mine down -- Lost soul, found soul -- Mine pool -- Fractures, faults, and leaks -- Goldfields -- Aftermath -- Sacrifice -- Redemption -- Epilogue. "In 2015, a flood of thick yellow sludge from a long-abandoned mine in Silverton, Colorado, made headlines as it flowed down the Animas River towards the Navajo Nation and the mighty Colorado River. Perhaps the most charismatic environmental disaster of our time, the Gold King Mine spill illustrates the devastating potential waiting in hundreds of abandoned mines throughout the Rocky Mountains. With disarming storytelling, award-winning journalist Jonathan P. Thompson unearths a litany of impacts wrought by a century and a half of mining, energy development, and fracking in southwestern Colorado. Amid these harsh realities, Thompson explores how a new generation is setting out to make amends"--Back cover.