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Udall urges feds to work with state on Leadville mine tunnel

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Congressman Mark Udall says he will ask federal officials to resolve their disagreements over how to deal with a drainage tunnel in Leadville where 1 billion gallons of water is trapped.

Udall, a Democrat, said Tuesday that federal agencies have been unable or unwilling to coordinate with local officials on how to fix the problem.

Lake County officials declared a state of emergency for fear that growing pressure in the tunnel could cause a catastrophic blowout and flood the town.

The tunnel drains contaminated water from abandoned mine shafts.

A collapse inside the tunnel was first detected in 1995. The area is part of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.


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