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 Post subject: Re: Gold Mine Leak
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:24 pm 
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'Cause trout (or any and all fish) are tumbling downstream and not swimming?

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 Post subject: Re: Gold Mine Leak
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:02 pm 
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Because when they die they roll belly up.

I wonder why fish do that? Gas generation in the gut, I suppose, plus the spinal column being heavier.


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Mine Leak
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:29 pm 
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I was picturing some Far Side-esq scene where the fish are being held up for their wallets.


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Mine Leak
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:45 pm 
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Bringing Geoscience to Bear on the Problem of Abandoned Mines
The article focuses on the Gold King mine release. Illustrating the tendency for the public - and governments - to focus on rare catastrophes rather than frequent minor occurrences, its' noted that abandoned mines in the Animas River drainage release the same amount of "pollutants" as the Gold King mine spill - every three days. It's also noted that early settlers gave creeks names like "Iron Creek", "Alum Creek" and "Bitter Creek", and the 1875 Hayden Expedition noted that the waters of Mineral Creek and Cement Creek (which took the initial out flow from the Gold King release) were full of "iron sulfate" and "not fit for drinking". Finally, it's commented that the number of trained mining engineers in the US is decreasing, and that the EPA, with 15326 employees, has 68 geologists and no mining engineers, and only two of the geologists are assigned to Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming).


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 Post subject: Re: Gold Mine Leak
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:26 pm 
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Animas River Spill Spawns Conspiracy Theories
The theories propose the EPA deliberately caused the release to get their budget increased. "Evidence" is a letter to the editor from a local retired geologist, before the release, in which it was speculated that EPA efforts to treat small ongoing releases would lead to a large release.


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