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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2014 Contact: Allyson Siwik, Executive Director 575.538.8078 voice; 575.590.7619 cell GRIP@gilaresources.info; www.gilaresources.info 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 […]
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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 8, 2014 WATER QUALITY CONTROL COMMISSION VOTES FOR POLITICS AND AGAINST WATER QUALITY PROTECTION SANTA FE, N.M.— At a hearing today, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) – a state decision-making entity responsible for protecting New Mexico’s water – unanimously voted down (10-0) a Motion to Stay the […]
Get A GRIP Fall 2013 Newsletter is now available online! Features stories on AWSA and the Gila River, GRIP’s Copper Rules Appeal, AML’s Boston Hill Project, Sally Smith’s Retirement, Gila River Festival, and more! Find the online and downloadable version of the newsletter here, at Fall_2013_Get_A_GRIP. Below are the individual pages for the Fall Get A […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 10, 2013 CONSERVATION GROUPS APPEAL MARTINEZ ADMINISTRATION COPPER RULE SANTA FE, N.M. — Today an appeal of the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission’s (WQCC) adoption of copper mining groundwater regulations was filed by Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) and Turner Ranch Properties, L.P., represented by New Mexico Environmental Law Center […]
TAKE ACTION: TELL GOVERNOR MARTINEZ TO PROTECT NEW MEXICO’S WATER NOW! On Tuesday, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) voted to adopt copper mining groundwater regulations that expressly allow water pollution rather than prevent it. The rules, proposed by the New Mexico Environment Department and the global copper mining company, Freeport-McMoRan, […]