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