Senate Indian Committee to Hold Oversight Hearing on the EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster 

San Juan River photo

Published September 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — On August 5, 2015 a subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of toxic waste into the Animus River at the Gold King Mine, near Durango, Colorado, which impacted the Southern Ute Tribe in Colorado and eventually the Navajo Nation after the waste moved into the San Juan River from the Animus River.

Capitol BuildingThis Wednesday, September 16 at 2:15 pm – EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on the “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining the Harmful Impacts to Indian Country.”

The hearing will provide an opportunity for committee members to demand answers from the EPA regarding the impact of the Gold King Mine disaster on Indian Country.



A committee oversight hearing on the “EPA’s Gold King Mine Disaster: Examining the Harmful Impacts to Indian Country.”


2:15 p.m. – EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015


628 Senate Dirksen Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at



The Honorable Gina McCarthy

Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.


The Honorable Russell Begaye

President, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona

The Honorable James “Mike” Olguin

Tribal Council Member, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ignacio, Colorado

Mr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin

President, American Action Forum, Washington, D.C.

Dr. David Weindorf

Associate Dean for Research, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Mr. Gilbert Harrison

Rancher & Irrigator, Navajo Nation, Gadii’ahi Chapter, New Mexico

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