Mine spill claims workshop offered in Shiprock

The Daily Times staff
The confluence of the Animas and San Juan rivers in Farmington is pictured on Aug. 8, 2015, several days after the Gold King Mine spill. The Animas is on the left and the San Juan is on the right.

FARMINGTON — A workshop to discuss filing claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages caused by the Gold King Mine spill is scheduled for Thursday in Shiprock.

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice and the law firm Hueston Hennigan LLP will host the workshop at 3:30 p.m. at the Shiprock Chapter house.

A brief presentation about the claims process will take place during the event.

The event also will provide an opportunity for representatives to assist community members in completing claim forms that document losses incurred from the Aug. 5, 2015, spill.

Those who are interested in completing forms may sign up for a time slot to meet with a representative and start documenting a claim.

Organizers are asking individuals to be prepared to detail specific losses, such as the acres of specific crop loss or vehicle mileage attributed to the river contamination.

An interpreter will be available on site to explain information in the Navajo language.