Lessons from the Gold King Mine Contamination

Tim Morgan, Beacon Hill’s Senior Account Executive and Rocky Mountain Regional Manager recently wrote an article that was published by Insurance Journal:

Lessons from the Gold King Mine Contamination

On Aug. 5, 2015 an environmental contractor acting under the EPA’s authority breached a bulkhead at the entrance to the Gold King Mine in Southwestern Colorado. As a result, 3 million gallons of heavy metal laced water surged into Cement Creek before reaching the Animas River and eventually contaminating adjoining waterways in Utah and New Mexico.

This incident has sparked a conversation about the legacy of mining in the West and the significant risk that existing conditions pose for both public health and the economy. According to the EPA, 40 percent of the headwaters of western watersheds have already experienced some level of contamination as a result of the 500,000 abandoned and unreclaimed mines that dot the U.S. Read the complete article on the Insurance Journal website.