Interior Secretary Sally Jewell subpoenaed in Gold King Mine spill probe

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell subpoenaed in Gold King Mine spill probe

DENVER—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has been subpoenaed to submit documents to the House Committee on Natural Resources as part of a probe into the Interior Department’s investigation of the Gold King Mine spill. The House committee is seeking information about how investigators under Jewell worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to peer review the Gold King Mine report.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said the department has interfered with requests for information on how the report was compiled. According to The Denver Post, he claims the department has tried to block records showing the Army Corps of Engineers “serious reservations about the scope and veracity” of the department’s review.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“The EPA’s toxic waste spill into the Animas River hurt Colorado and surrounding states and also hurt the Navajo Nation. This has been a continuing horror picture show and there has been a pattern of poor communication and dishonesty from government agencies, who seem to be looking for scapegoats, rather than looking for accountability and providing clear, truthful information. Coloradans want to see the EPA held accountable for what it did and for the Interior Department to do its job.”

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