August 21, 2015 – Local, state and federal officials continue to test and monitor the Animas River after a recent toxic spill of wastewater from an abandoned mine in Colorado. The water is open again for recreation and irrigation but many questions remain about the potential long-term impacts of the spill.
Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the response from the federal government and new legislation that aims to address cleanup costs related to abandoned mines across the country.
Communities across the country are debating whether hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly known as fracking, should be allowed.
The state of New York created a formal ban on fracking last month banned fracking after a 7 year moratorium on fracking. Some cities and counties have sought their own bans on fracking. In 2013, Mora county in northern New Mexico became the first county in the nation to ban this type of drilling, but the ban was reversed earlier this year.
Other states have recently moved to protect hydraulic fracturing from local bans. Oklahoma and Texas now has laws to prevent counties, cities and towns from passing ordinances and local bans on fracking.
NMIF producer Sarah Gustavus sat down with Anita Laran and John Olivas, a former Mora county commissioner, to talk about their concerns about potential fracking in the county. She also spoke with Victoria Gutierrez and Sarah White from Diné CARE to hear what they see right now in communities across the Navajo Nation