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.
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, […]
Community and Environmental Groups to Appeal SANTA FE, N.M.— The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) voted today 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, marks the first time in […]
THANK YOU to all of the community members that came out on May 3 for the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) public comment session on the proposed water quality rules for copper mining. A BIG THANK YOU to those of you who gave public comment in Silver City and Santa Fe. Thank you as well to all of you who […]
Government data shows that hardrock mines will pollute annually up to 27 billion gallons of freshwater – forever! A new report released by Earthworks shows that hardrock mining pollutes 17 – 27 billion gallons of water per year in perpetuity. The primary cause of this pollution is acid mine drainage. No hardrock open pit mines […]
Proposed Water Quality Rules for Copper Mine Facilities Violate the New Mexico Water Quality Act Your voice needed to oppose pro-industry rule that would allow contamination of Grant County’s water supplies The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) is holding hearings on proposed groundwater quality rules for the copper industry. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE […]
Sign the Petition to Keep Copper Mining Waste Out of New Mexico’s Drinking Water! GRIP’s partner in the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico, Environment New Mexico, has a developed a petition in opposition to the New Mexico Environment Department’s proposed water quality regulation for copper mining. The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission is considering reducing water quality […]
Earth Matters: What’s at Stake with New Copper Rules? The Water Quality Control Commission hearing on the proposed groundwater quality rules for copper mining begins its final week today. GRIP President and Director of Responsible Mining, Sally Smith, talks with us on Earth Matters about what’s at stake if this proposed rule were to be approved by […]
Attorney General Gary King in an op-ed piece in the Santa Fe New Mexican on April 14 says that the proposed groundwater quality rule for the copper mining industry is not protective of our state’s groundwater.
Summary of Week 1 of WQCC Hearing on Water Quality Rules for Copper Mines WQCC denies motions to remand the rules back to the NMED and Copper Rules Advisory Committee Parties lay out their cases The Water Quality Control Commission hearing on the water quality rules for copper mining began last Tuesday at the Roundhouse in […]