Geo-logic: breaking ground between philosophy and the earth by Robert Frodeman

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By Robert Frodeman

Seeks to redraw the limits among the fields of geology and environmental philosophy.

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Despite (and in some cases, because of ) all this, the San Juans are a magnet for hikers, backpackers, horseback-riders, four-wheel enthusiasts, and history buffs. The area’s historical attractions include a narrow-gauge railroad, ghost towns, and the old mines from the gold strike days. The centrally located town—village, really—of Silverton is ground zero for debates over the abandoned mine lands of the San Juans. Silverton rests at 9,300 feet in a deep valley where the sun sets early most of the year.

The point here is this: science is typically brought into political controversies because it is seen as the means of resolving debates. ” Instead, the science itself has become a bone of considerable contention. But is it possible that we have misled ourselves? Might the entire argument have gone off track? What difference does it make whether the streams of the upper Animas are stressed as a result of mining, or “polluted” by naturally occurring springs and seeps? 18 This question is seldom faced head-on, but it hovers about the topic like swamp gas.

12 Sunnyside Gold Corporation (now a subsidiary of Echo Bay) had a reclamation plan for the mine, which called for the removal of mining buildings, the consolidation and revegetation of waste rock and mine tailings, and the diversion of surface water flowing from the mine. But final closure required that Sunnyside submit its reclamation plan to the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology. The Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology approved the overall reclamation plan. But Sunnyside also needed the Department of Public Health and Environment to release them from their NPDES permit for the water that was leaving the site.

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