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.
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. […]
PUBLIC MEETINGS DECEMBER 16 & 17! Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Copper Flat Mine in Hillsboro The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Copper Flat Copper Mine for public review and comment under the National Environmental Policy Act. According to BLM, the New Mexico Copper Corporation proposes reestablishing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]