Thursday, May 29, Noon
200 E Colfax Ave.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will make a major announcement regarding the State’s quarter-century old lawsuit for environmental damages at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Suthers will be joined by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, Shell Oil Company President John Hofmeister, and a host of other public officials.
The Arsenal is a federally-owned facility in Adams County, just northeast of the Denver metropolitan area and southwest of Denver International Airport. In 1942, the U.S. Army purchased the 27 square-mile property for the manufacture of chemical warfare agents and incendiary munitions. After World War II, the Army leased portions of the site to Shell Oil Company, which manufactured pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and other chemicals at the Arsenal from 1952 to 1982. The State brought suit against the Army and Shell in 1983, alleging damages to Colorado’s natural resources.