State of New Mexico v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

  1. February 24, 2022

    EPA Contractor Can't Shift Blame For Mine Spill, NM Says

    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor can't shift the blame for the 2015 Gold King Mine blowout to the state of Colorado, tribal and state energy companies, mining companies, and other nonparties, the state of New Mexico has told a federal judge.

  2. February 01, 2022

    EPA Contractors Can't Dodge Mine Spill Suit, Judge Says

    Two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractors can't dodge tort claims for their alleged role in the lead-up to the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill, after a New Mexico federal judge rejected an argument that their actions were shielded because of their deals with the government.

  3. June 02, 2021

    EPA Slams Sanctions Bid In Mine Spill Suit

    The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing back against a bid by the Navajo Nation and New Mexico seeking sanctions in a suit over the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill, saying that it made extensive efforts to preserve documents before the suit, and that what little information still missing would not prejudice the case by its absence.

  4. May 14, 2021

    'Inconsistent' CWA Claim Axed From NM's Gold King Mine Suit

    A New Mexico federal judge ruled that not enough discovery was conducted for the state to lodge its "inconsistent" Clean Water Act claim against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill.

  5. May 06, 2021

    Navajo Nation, NM Urge Sanctioning EPA For Ruining Proof

    The Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico have urged a federal judge to sanction the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on allegations the agency concealed and destroyed irreplaceable evidence related to the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill.

  6. May 04, 2021

    Mining Co. Beats Feds' Toxic Spill Claims, For Now

    Mining company Kinross Gold Corp. has escaped cross-claims from the U.S. government stemming from a 2015 mine collapse and waste spill, after a New Mexico federal judge found the government hadn't disputed the company's argument that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  7. April 30, 2021

    Gold Mine Co. Axes Navajo Nation Members' Toxic Spill Claim

    A New Mexico federal judge let a gold mining company out of Navajo Nation members' litigation stemming from the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, finding that the company and the Colorado mine do not have minimum contacts with New Mexico to establish specific jurisdiction for the claims.

  8. February 19, 2021

    NM Tort Claims Against Feds Survive In Gold King Spill Suit

    A New Mexico federal judge has refused to toss the state's tort claims against the federal government in sprawling litigation stemming from the 2015 Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado, rejecting arguments that New Mexico is not party to the suit.

  9. October 14, 2020

    Mining Co. Seeks To Clean Hands Of Gold King Spill Suit

    Sunnyside Gold Corp. says enough is enough and wants a New Mexico federal court to let it out of litigation stemming from the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which the company says happened a dozen years after it sold the Colorado site.

  10. August 05, 2020

    Utah Ends Gold King Fight After EPA Commits $360M

    Utah has agreed to settle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after the federal regulator committed more than $360 million to clean up abandoned mines fouled when millions of gallons of toxic waste was accidentally released into rivers by a government contractor.  

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