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.

San Vicente tailings cleanup, 2013 Photo credit: NM Environment Department

Silver City Daily Press: Animas spill a reminder of need for responsible mine cleanup

Guest Column by Allyson Siwik, Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project Download Guest Column We watched in horror and sadness the images of an orange, heavy metal-laden plume of mine wastewater flow down the Animas River from an accidental release at the inactive Gold King Mine in Colorado, impacting communities, farmers, wildlife, and recreation along […]


Water Quality Advocates File Brief with NM Supreme Court to Repeal Copper Rule and Protect Groundwater

October 22, 2015 On Monday, advocates for water quality filed their Brief in Chief with the New Mexico Supreme Court on the state’s Copper Rule. The brief outlines why the Court should set aside the Rule, which regulates the discharge of copper mining pollution into groundwater. The state Court of Appeals upheld the regulation in May, even […]

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Attorney General Hector Balderas Targeted Over Copper Rule Appeal

There is no limit to how far global mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will go to get its way to legally pollute New Mexico’s groundwater. And the Martinez administration has proved that it is more than willing to help go after state officials like Attorney General Hector Balderas who are trying to protect New Mexico’s water supplies. […]


Summer 2015 Issue of GetAGRIP Now Available On-line

        Download the latest issue of GetAGRIP and find out more about the Little Rock Mine expansion, Freeport-McMoRan’s financial situation, Tyrone mine layoffs and the status on the Copper Rule. You’ll also get a preview of the 11th Annual Gila River Festival and the latest on the Arizona Water Settlements Act, Boston Hill […]


Sign the petition TODAY: MMD protect our water quality and wildlife from Little Rock Mine Expansion

Freeport-McMoRan to Expand Little Rock Mine Tell the Mining and Minerals Division to Strictly Enforce the NM Mining Act to Protect Water Quality and Wildlife! SIGN THE PETITION Global mining giant Freeport-McMoRan has submitted an application to the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division for a permit to expand the Little Rock mine and update […]

Abq Journal: Let Gold King spill be a warning

By Allyson Siwik / Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project, & Rachel Conn / Executive Director, Amigos Bravos Albuquerque Journal PUBLISHED: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:02 am We have watched in horror and sadness as images of an orange, heavy metal-laden plume of mine wastewater flow down the Animas River from an accidental release […]


Public Hearing on Little Rock Mine Expansion – Sept 2; 5:30 pm

PUBLIC HEARING ON LITTLE ROCK MINE EXPANSION Wednesday, September 2; 5:30 pm Grant County Administration Bldg. 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City The New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing on Freeport-McMoRan Tyrone Operation’s application for a permit to expand the Little Rock mine and update the closeout plan. The Little […]

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New Mexico Supreme Court to Review Copper Rule

NEW MEXICO SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW COPPER RULE 7/14/15 SANTA FE, NM- The New Mexico Supreme Court has granted the petition filed by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) requesting review of the Copper Rule, which regulates discharges from copper mines in New Mexico. The Supreme Court order, dated June 13th, states that it […]


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 […]

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