Jonathan P. Thompson: River of Lost Souls
The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
Tickets: $12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*
“River of Lost Souls” is an in-depth and gripping chronicle of human history in the Four Corners Country of the American West, as told through the extractive industries that have exploited the area and the pollution they left behind. Long-time environmental journalist Jonathan Thompson launches this account of the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, which turned the Animas River orange with mining-related sludge and toxic metals for over 100 miles downstream.
Thompson walks readers through the history and science behind the disaster, revealing how greed and lack of environmental protections made the disaster possible, as well as the current dismantling of regulations and the potential for far more dire catastrophes. Most alarmingly, Thompson reveals that the Gold King was just the tip of the pollution iceberg, and that the Animas River watershed — holy land to several southwestern tribes — has been a sacrifice zone for mining, uranium production, fracking, drilling, and coal burning for nearly 150 years.
Join Jonathan P. Thompson as he draws from and discusses “River of Lost Souls”.
About the Author:
Jonathan P. Thompson has been an environmental journalist focusing on the American West since he signed on as reporter and photographer at the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in 1996. He has worked and written for High Country News for over a decade. He currently splits his time between Colorado and Bulgaria with his wife Wendy and daughters Lydia and Elena.
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