Ritter asks Bush to act on Leadville threat | AspenTimes.com

Ritter asks Bush to act on Leadville threat

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Gov. Bill Ritter is asking President Bush for quick action in dealing with the threat of a catastrophic blowout of 1 billion gallons of contaminated water trapped in a mine drainage tunnel near Leadville, Colo.

In a letter sent to Bush Friday, Ritter is asking for the president’s help in speeding up the drilling of wells to pump out water trapped behind the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel.

State, county and federal officials are studying what to do about the growing pool caused by the partial collapse of the 2.1 mile long tunnel.

Lake County officials this week declared an emergency over fears that above-average snowpack melting this spring could add more water and lead to a blowout.

Leadville is located over the mountains to the east of Aspen.

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