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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CONTACT: Douglas Meiklejohn, NM Environmental Law Center 505-989-9022, ext 14 | firstname.lastname@example.org Allyson Siwik, Gila Resources Information Project 575-590-7619 | email@example.com 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; 6:00 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]