A Yellow River Runs Through It

From the Styx by Peggy Tibbetts

The Animas River after the spill The Animas River after the spill

The Animas Disaster and the Great Web of Things

Guest post by Phillip Doe*

As all the world knows by now, one of the last remaining undammed[1] major rivers in the west, the Animas River, in southwestern Colorado, was damned with a 3 million gallon sludge of toxic mine waste on August 5.

The devastation was so visually disturbing that pictures of the river’s flow, a diaper-mustard colored concoction laced with heavy metals, made the front page of The New York Times.

The sludge passed out of the state in a few days, and Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, (Hick, to his friends) quickly declared the emergency over by drinking water from the river in Durango, Colorado, one of the state’s tourist centers. He’d taken the precaution of adding an iodine tablet, quipping after his act of derring-do, “If that shows that Durango is…

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