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Will Subpeonas Bring More Info on Gold King Mine Spill

Gold King Mine Spill
ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The congressional investigation into the Gold King Mine toxic spill is getting ugly.
The Department of Interior and the US Army Corps of Engineers were each issued subpoenas Wednesday because of allegations they’re not cooperating with the investigation.
“We want to find out how they screwed up and make sure it happen again,” Representative Rob Bishop said. 
The legislative probe focuses on the three million gallon toxic spill last summer at the Gold King mine. Acidic sludge from the mine near Silverton, Colorado flowed into Utah’s San Juan River. 
More than six months later, Bishop who is chairman of the House Committee of Natural Resources says he’s still not getting the information he needs from federal agencies. 
“I don’t know a lot of the details but I do know that there is something that really smells fishy right here and we have to get to the bottom of it,” Bishop said. 
Bishop says the Department of Interior isn’t letting the House Natural Resources see the Army Corps of Engineers peer review of the department. 
And while he didn’t want to subpoena the documents, Bishop hopes it provides answers. 
“I’m frustrated that we actually have to do a subpoena to try to get information that should have been given in the first place,” Bishop said. 
An interior department spokesperson says the agency has already released thousands of documents and is responsive to the committee’s request. 

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