The Gold King mine spill has been an ecological disaster, may affect population health and has hurt businesses. The mine owners are not around to pay for cleanup, if it is even possible.
The 1870s mining law has been obsolete and harmful for years. Why haven’t our governmental representatives replaced this law? It couldn’t be the mining lobby, could it?
There is a lesson for us in Tucson regarding the Rosemont mine. All the owners’ protestations to the contrary, mining is a dirty business with a history of walking away from problems after the profits have been secured.