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On August 5, 2015, workers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the release of 3 million gallons of heavy metal contaminated wastewater while attempting to enter the defunct Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado.  This release of toxic wastewater ultimately flowed into the Animas and San Juan rivers, causing the water to turn orange.  Communities and individuals in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and neighboring areas were affected.  While the EPA has taken full responsibility for this environmental disaster, businesses, families, and individuals are still suffering from losses caused by the toxic spill.

If you lived near the Animas or San Juan rivers and you suffered damages as a result of the Gold King Mine Spill, you may be able to collect compensation for your loss from the EPA.  Property damage, personal injury, or loss of income, related to the spill, may include:

  • Loss of crops
  • Costs from hauling in water
  • Well contamination
  • Loss of cattle/livestock
  • Illness from water ingestion
  • Business loss due to river closure

The full extent of the damage caused by this toxic spill is still unknown, but high concentrations of arsenic, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals were detected in the wastewater.  Individuals and businesses along the Animas and San Juan rivers that rely on either river for their livelihood and/or business may have a case.

Free conferences are planned for the future in both Farmington, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado to discuss potential claims with clients.  Please fill out a contact form or call the Branch Law Firm if you or someone you know has suffered damages as a result of the Gold King Mine Spill.  We have experienced lawyers and knowledgeable support staff that can help you.

As the BP oil rig continues to leak into the gulf, Congress continues to debate whether caps should be raised for oil companies involved in offshore spills. According to the Huffington Post, it has been nearly three weeks since a proposal for raising the liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion was introduced and there’s been no progress on putting this bill into law.

Sadly, smaller – but still devastating and deadly – oil rig explosions and spills happen all too frequently, affecting New Mexican employees and workers throughout the country. Often the companies at fault fail to take responsibility. These companies continue to place profits over safety, with the result being catastrophic accidents involving physical injury and death, as well as horrific environmental damage. With low caps in place, little incentive exists for change
Placing profits over safety may have played a crucial part in the BP disaster. The Washington Post reports that pressure to save and money may have led to the accident. Rather than paying attention to warning signs, which if heeded could have prevented the explosion, BP workers were pushed to move forward with drilling plans in an effort to save time, which translated into a significant savings.
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