Supreme Court re­jects state’s bid to sue for mine spill

The Washington Times Daily - - AMERICAN SCENE - — Va­lerie Richard­son

New Mex­ico’s bid to re­cover dam­ages from Colorado over the Gold King Mine spill was thwarted Mon­day by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court de­nied a mo­tion filed by New Mex­ico At­tor­ney Gen­eral Hec­tor Balderas to sue the neigh­bor­ing state over the Au­gust 2015 blowout, which saw more than 3 mil­lion gal­lons of toxic con­tam­i­na­tion flood from the An­i­mas River in Colorado to the San Juan River in New Mex­ico.

The spill was caused by a crew led by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency work­ing on a cleanup project. An In­te­rior De­part­ment re­view later found that the agency failed to check the wa­ter level be­hind the de­bris be­fore clear­ing it.

Balderas spokesman James Hal­li­nan said the le­gal bat­tle over the Gold King Mine spill isn’t over.

“The Supreme Court’s rul­ing only lim­ited the venue in which the State of Colorado can be sued for the harm

done to New Mex­ico chil­dren, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses,” he said in a state­ment.

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