Colorado has an estimated 23,000 abandoned mine lands, according to the Colorado Geological Survey. At least 230 of those mines are leaking heavy metals into the headwaters of our state rivers. State officials have estimated that approximately 1,645 miles of waterways have been polluted by mine runoff, including the Arkansas, Animas, Eagle, Big Thompson, Gunnison, South Platte and Uncompahgre rivers. Contaminants include lead, copper, cadmium, arsenic, manganese, mercury, zinc and other contaminants.
If a mining company declares bankruptcy, as the owners of the Summitville gold heap leach mine did, taxpayers have to pay for the cleanup. Lack of government funding means there are few cleanup projects.
Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issues work (opposing fracking, pipelines, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. Read more
Direct Action Training
The Boulder County Protectors offers training to help people organize, integrate and implement tools and teachings to deconstruct the systems and processes that allow the oil and gas industry to poison families and the environment. Read more
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