Responsible Mining

Grant County is home to two of the nation’s five largest open-pit copper mines, responsible for ongoing groundwater contamination, aquifer depletion, bird deaths, and the destruction of preciouis riparian areas.

Since 1998, GRIP has raised awareness of these issues and mobilized residents to voice their opinions at hearings and in letters to newspapers and decisionmakers. By hiring a national expert in mine reclamation, we have also educated regulators and the mines about industry best practices.

As a result of these efforts and the support of environmental groups statewide, the Tyrone and Chino mines have two of the nation’s best reclamation plans, backed by over $500 million in financial assurance.

As a partner in the New Mexico Mining Act Network, GRIP continues to defend the NM Mining Act and Water Quality Act from industry rollback attempts, such as with the latest water quality regulation for copper mining. Ongoing activities include monitoring the environmental impacts of the mines under operational permits, oversight of permitting for a proposed new haul road at the Cobre mine and permitting of a new mine near Hillsboro.


Water Protection Groups Challenge Copper Mine Decision

CONTACT: Douglas Meiklejohn, NM Environmental Law Center 505-989-9022, ext 14 | Allyson Siwik, Gila Resources Information Project 575-590-7619 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 8, 2015 WATER PROTECTION GROUPS CHALLENGE RULING THAT ALLOWS ALL COPPER MINES TO POLLUTE GROUNDWATER SANTA FE, N.M.- Today, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed a petition with […]

Public Meeting: Tyrone Stage 2 Abatement Plan, Thursday, April 23; 6-9pm

PUBLIC MEETING: Tyrone Stage 2 Abatement Plan Thursday, April 23; 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium Corner of 12th and Kentucky St, Silver City The New Mexico Environment Department will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 23 from 6pm – 9pm at the WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium to discuss Freeport-McMoRan’s […]


HB625 to Roll Back Mining Act Stalls in Committee

House Bill 625 to Rollback the New Mexico Mining Act Stalls in Committee The New Mexico Mining Act is one of the state’s most effective and revered environmental laws.  For 25 years, the Mining Act has ensured that mining corporations protect our water, clean up messes they create, and don’t foot taxpayers with billions of […]


NM Legislature hears HB625 to Roll Back NM Mining Act

Conservation Voters New Mexico * Earthworks Gila Resources Information Project * New Mexico Environmental Law Center  PRESS RELEASE: March 6th, 2015 CONTACT: Allyson Siwik, Gila Resources Information Project, 575.590.7619 Lilliana Castillo, Conservation Voters New Mexico, 505.992.8683 Alan Septoff, Earthworks, 202-271-2355   New Mexico legislature debates legalizing mines that pollute for thousands of years, shifting billions […]

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FMI Mining Operations Plagued by Accidents and Safety Violations

Freeport-McMoRan Mining Operations Plagued by Recent Accidents and Safety Violations By Richard Mahler, GetAGRIP Newsletter Editor Two October accidents at the Chino Mine’s primary leach stockpile—the Lampbright, near Bayard—sent six workers to the hospital and prompted an investigation by New Mexico’s State Mine Inspector and federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The incidents were […]


Fall 2014 Issue of GetAGRIP Now Available

The Fall 2014 issue of GRIP’s quarterly newsletter GetAGRIP is now available on line. If you’re a GRIP member, expect a hard copy of the newsletter in your mailbox. Articles in this issue of GetAGRIP include: Freeport-McMoRan Mining Operations Plagued by Accidents, Safety Violations Interstate Stream Commission Moves Ahead with Diversion Project 10th Annual Gila […]


Mining Update: Major Reclamation Complete at Tyrone and Chino Mines

Freeport-McMoRan (FMI) has completed the large-scale reclamation work at the Chino and Tyrone mines that was initiated more than 10 years ago under an “accelerated reclamation” agreement between the company, regulatory agencies, and GRIP. Nearly 3000 acres have been reclaimed at Tyrone and almost 2000 acres at Chino. This reclamation work kept hundreds of workers […]

Spring 2014 GetAGRIP

The Spring 2014 issue of GetAGRIP is now available. In this issue: Copper Rule Appeal is denied Gila Diversion challenged by former ISC director Norm Gaume Gila Conservation Coalition celebrates its 30th birthday Earth Matters Radio Show Wild and Scenic Film Festival Silver City Watershed Keepers Update 10th Annual Gila River Festival Full PDF  

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NM Court of Appeals Denies GRIP’s Motion to Stay Copper Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2014 Contact: Allyson Siwik, Executive Director 575.538.8078 voice; 575.590.7619 cell;   NM Court of Appeals Denies Motion to Stay Copper Rule Court Ruling Does Not Decide Merits of Copper Rule Case Silver City, N.M.— In a decision filed on May 7, the New Mexico Court of Appeals denied […]


Watershed groups ask Court of Appeals to throw out Copper Rule

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE Thursday, April 10, 2014 WATERSHED GROUPS CALL FOR COURT OF APPEALS TO THROW OUT COPPER RULE SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) filed its Brief in Chief yesterday in an appeal against the adoption of the Copper Rule – a rule that regulates discharges from copper mines. The brief argues that the […]

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