On August 5, 2015, workers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the release of 3 million gallons of heavy metal contaminated wastewater while attempting to enter the defunct Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado. This release of toxic wastewater ultimately flowed into the Animas and San Juan rivers, causing the water to turn orange. Communities and individuals in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and neighboring areas were affected. While the EPA has taken full responsibility for this environmental disaster, businesses, families, and individuals are still suffering from losses caused by the toxic spill.
If you lived near the Animas or San Juan rivers and you suffered damages as a result of the Gold King Mine spill, you may be able to collect compensation for your loss from the EPA. Property damage, personal injury, or loss of income, related to the spill, may include:
- Loss of crops
- Costs from hauling in water
- Well contamination
- Loss of cattle/livestock
- Illness from water ingestion
- Business loss due to river closure
The full extent of the damage caused by this toxic spill is still unknown, but high concentrations of arsenic, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals were detected in the wastewater. Individuals and businesses along the Animas and San Juan rivers that rely on either river for their livelihood and/or business may have a case.
Free conferences are planned for the future in both Farmington, New Mexico, and Durango, Colorado to discuss potential claims with clients. Please fill out a contact form or call the Branch Law Firm if you or someone you know has suffered damages as a result of the Gold King Mine Spill. We have experienced lawyers and knowledgeable support staff that can help you.