Why this Colorado creek suddenly looks like a million gallons of filthy yellow mustard
By Greg Kendall-Ball August 7
A cleanup team attempting to secure waste from a Colorado mine, instead released a million gallons of polluted water into a nearby creek Thursday.
Workers using heavy machinery near the entrance of the Gold King Mine north of Durango were supposed to treat the waste water to reduce pollution flowing from the mine, according to the Associate Press. Witnesses said a bulwark at the mine broke and sent a torrent of the “filthiest yellow mustard water you’ve ever seen” coursing through Cement Creek, which feeds into the Animas River (which then flows into the San Juan and Colorado rivers).
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the spill posed no threat to drinking water, but were testing the plume of acidic sludge to see what exactly it contained. Peter Butler, with the Animas River Stakeholders Group said that previous mine contamination had included iron, aluminum, cadmium, zinc and copper.
The acidic sludge of heavy metals and soil could irritate skin, said David Ostrander, director of EPA’s emergency response program in Denver. Local health officials in Durango encouraged rafters and others to avoid the water, and advised that dogs and livestock should be kept out of the river. “Any kind of recreational activity on the river needs to be suspended,” said Butch Knowlton, the La Plata County director of emergency preparedness.
Jerry McBride, photography editor at The Durango Herald, spent several hours Thursday documenting the scene along the Animas River as the plume moved downriver.
Why this Colorado creek suddenly looks like a million gallons of filthy yellow mustard - The Washington Post
Well, the good news is that the victims of heavy metal poisoning will have Obamacare to take good care of them.
Well, at least Obama has sharp, professional people working for him. . .
White House staffer accused of taking officer’s gun, firing it during dispute
By Lyhn Bui, August 10
A White House staffer has been placed on leave after she was accused of taking the gun of an off-duty U.S. Capitol Police officer and firing it at him during a domestic dispute.
Barvetta Singletary, 37, has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the incident Friday, Prince George’s County police said Monday.
The incident began Friday morning at Singletary’s home in Upper Marlboro, Md., after she and the officer argued, according to police charging documents. Singletary asked the officer about another woman he was dating and left her house to search his Cadillac Escalade for his cellphones, the documents state.
When she found the officer’s phones, she also retrieved his service weapon in his bag and demanded that he give her the passwords to his phones, charging documents state.
The officer ran back to the house, and Singletary followed, later pointing the gun at him, police said.
“You taught me how to use this; don’t think I won’t use it,” police said Singletary told the officer. “Your phone is more important than me holding this gun on you?”
Singletary then fired at the officer and missed, the documents state.
The officer eventually fled, and “the defendant was observed wiping the gun down with a towel,” according to charging documents.
Prince George’s police were called to the scene after the officer called 911.
No one was injured during the altercation, police said.