EPA: 3 million gallons of bad water hit Animas

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EPA: 3 million gallons of bad water hit Animas

City, county declare emergency
The mineral flow in the Animas River made it to the north end of town after sunset on Thursday night.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday tripled its estimate of how much mine waste was released from the Gold King Mine from 1 million to 3 million gallons.
An aerial view of the abandoned Gold King Mine, where 3 million gallons of polluted water was accidentally released Wednesday by a mining and safety team investigating contamination.
Lena Wright with Lockheed Martin Seras, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, samples contaminated water Sunday in the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge.
Peter Stevenson, on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, walks Sunday next to the contaminated waters of the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge to observe water testing underway.
More than 500 residents showed up Sunday at Miller Middle School, where officials with the Environmental Protection Agency gave an update on pollution in the Animas River after a blowout Wednesday at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.
Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald

Residents lined up Wednesday night at Miller Middle School to ask questions of Environmental Protection Agency officials.
The water took on a greenish hue Sunday at Bakers Bridge, a marked difference from Thursday morning when the Animas River turned mustard-yellow after a contaminated spill at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.

EPA: 3 million gallons of bad water hit Animas

The mineral flow in the Animas River made it to the north end of town after sunset on Thursday night.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday tripled its estimate of how much mine waste was released from the Gold King Mine from 1 million to 3 million gallons.
An aerial view of the abandoned Gold King Mine, where 3 million gallons of polluted water was accidentally released Wednesday by a mining and safety team investigating contamination.
Lena Wright with Lockheed Martin Seras, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, samples contaminated water Sunday in the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge.
Peter Stevenson, on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, walks Sunday next to the contaminated waters of the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge to observe water testing underway.
More than 500 residents showed up Sunday at Miller Middle School, where officials with the Environmental Protection Agency gave an update on pollution in the Animas River after a blowout Wednesday at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.
Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald

Residents lined up Wednesday night at Miller Middle School to ask questions of Environmental Protection Agency officials.
The water took on a greenish hue Sunday at Bakers Bridge, a marked difference from Thursday morning when the Animas River turned mustard-yellow after a contaminated spill at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.