Farmington geologist honored by UNM's Sigma Xi

The Daily Times staff
From left, Ray Byrne, president of the University of New Mexico’s Sigma Xi Chapter, Farmington consulting geologist David Taylor and UNM Sigma Xi Chapter Secretary Mike Jackovich stand for a photo on May 16 in Albuquerque. Taylor received the chapter’s "Noteworthy Technical Support Person Award for 2016."

FARMINGTON — A semi-retired consulting geologist from Farmington received the "Noteworthy Technical Support Person Award for 2016" from the University of New Mexico’s Sigma Xi Chapter earlier this month.

David Taylor was nominated for the award after he submitted a letter to the editor of the Silverton Standard & the Miner in Silverton, Colo., predicting a disaster similar to the Gold King Mine spill.

The letter was published shortly before a crew from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released millions of gallons of mine waste into the Animas River.

The letter "went 'viral' and was republished in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the U.S.," according to a press release from the UNM Sigma Xi Chapter, a society of scientists and engineers.

Taylor received the award on May 16 in Albuquerque