Originally Posted by MountainmanPete
Perhaps I'm wrong about this. But my understanding is that these sort of events happen relatively frequently with varying amounts of amplitude. I'm no geologist nor do I have my degree from the school of Mines, but it seems like the media took this for a ride and scared the newly settled front range folks to bits. Mining has been cracking eggs in this state and making economies way before trustafarians relocated for microbeers and buds. Shit, in 100 years maybe people will freak out with a sporadic flush of stoners from the foothills? Perhaps I'm wrong about this.
You are absolutely right in that this stuff happens all the time, not that it makes events like these ok. (and apparently this is just sediment flushing)
But I heard so much about that spill in Co, and I kept thinking "This goes on EVERYDAY in WV and no one gives a flying f*ck".
Surely you guys that go to cheatfest see it? Where's the outrage about Muddy Creek, Bulls run or any number of tribs up that way running bright orange? Yeah those are precipitations of yellow boy, but it's essentially the same thing, it runs with AMD everyday and kills it dead...Otherwise it would hold native trout from top to bottom (now just the very tippy-top).
No one outside of Clay county WV gave a damn when Buffalo Creek had a release that killed the stream with all of it's trout and smallmouth from top to bottom a few years ago.
Lets's take some of this outrage and apply it universally....maybe clean our waterways up.