Jonathan Thompson, Contributing Editor to High Country News and author of new book about the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 3/14/18)


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Our guest today is Jonathan Thompson, a Contributing Editor at High Country News and the author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster. In his new book, this award-winning investigative environmental journalist digs into the science, politics, and greed behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, and details the environmental, economic and social impacts wrought by a century and a half of mining, energy development, and fracking in southwestern Colorado.

Jonathan is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in the tiny town of Silverton, Colo., and was the editor-in-chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010. After that he lived in Berlin, Germany, and then was a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 2016, Jonathan was awarded the Society of Environmental Journalist’s Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market.

You can read Jonathan’s many articles in High Country News HERE.

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey (V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs) of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com



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  1. Another great radio show. I learned so much. I have been to Silverton and Durango CO and other old CO mining towns which made the show especially interesting. Although that area is spectacular beautiful, it’s frightening for our future generations after learning about the poisons in the ground and water and lack of control of these poisons. Very educational and interesting. Thank you.



    PRI’s The World
    July 03, 2017
    By Carolyn Beeler

    For local water activists, Navajo coal mine closure would be a long-awaited win

    In the desert, water usage has long sown conflict

    Water is the root of this family’s concern about the Navajo Generating Station, the mammoth, 2,250-megawatt coal-fired power plant that’s been a big part of the landscape here on the Navajo nation for 40 years.

    Others criticize the plant as a major air polluter. It’s one of the biggest single sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

    But for this family, and other native activists who live on Black Mesa, it’s all about how the coal mine that supplies the plant uses water.

    The company says 50 years of studies show their water usage hasn’t damaged the aquifer. And federal scientists say their long-term monitoring of four springs on Black Mesa show no impact to surface water supplies either.

    But Keetso doesn’t think that data tells the whole story.

    “The impacts that Peabody has had are visible,” Keetso said

    She says springs on Black Mesa have dried up, and that claims to the contrary ignore the knowledge of local elders who have seen the change-people like her grandmother, Lena Henley, 70, who remembers taking sheep out to desert washes on summer mornings when she was a little girl.

    “Water was seeping out of the sand and the rocks, it was running like a river,” Henley said. “It seems like we had a lot of water in those days.”



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