Lawmakers introduce Leadville tunnel bills
July 10, 2009
DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are trying again to push for a long-term solution to deal with a collapsed mine drainage tunnel in Leadville.
Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Doug Lamborn have introduced bills to clear up the legal blockage that has gotten in the way. Last year, similar legislation stalled in the Senate but Udall and Lamborn said Thursday they’re optimistic there will be enough time and interest to pass them this time.
The tunnel drains water from abandoned mine shafts and a collapse has allowed water to back up in hundreds of shafts.
The area is a Superfund site and there’s been disagreement over who’s responsible for what. The bill authorizes the federal Bureau of Reclamation to treat the water and maintain the level of the mine pool.