Mining News & Updates


Public Meeting on New Chino Waste Rock Stockpile – February 21

PUBLIC MEETING NEW Chino 9 Waste Rock Stockpile Proposal Thursday, February 21, 2019 Bayard Community Center – Time TBA Freeport-McMoRan Chino Mines, NM Mining and Minerals Division (MMD), and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will hold a public meeting on Chino Mine’s application to construct a new 9 Waste Rock Stockpile (9WRS).  Chino proposes to […]


GRIP challenges Martinez Administration water quality rollbacks

Martinez Administration wants to weaken water quality rules GRIP, Amigos Bravos, & NMELC challenge harmful rollbacks The New Mexico Environment Department has proposed amendments to the state’s water quality regulations that will weaken protections for our surface and groundwater. GRIP and Amigos Bravos, represented by the NM Environmental Law Center, have challenged these proposed changes, […]


ACTION ALERT: Cobre Mine Public Hearing/Open House – Tuesday, August 29, 4 pm

Cobre-Continental Mine Proposal to Resume Operations Public Hearing, Aug 29, 5:30 pm Open House starts at 4:00 pm   Freeport-McMoRan Cobre Mining Company has proposed to take the Continental Mine off of standby status and resume operations. Inactive since 2007, the company must obtain permits under the NM Mining Act and Water Quality Act to cover operations […]

Stand Up for Clean Water at Public Hearing on Proposed Chino North Lampbright Stockpile

STAND UP FOR CLEAN WATER! Open House & Public Hearing on Proposed Chino Mine North Lampbright Waste Rock Stockpile  Show your support for clean water by attending the Mining and Minerals Division public hearing on Freeport-McMoRan’s proposal for a new waste rock stockpile to be constructed northeast of the Kneeling Nun. The North Lampbright Waste Rock […]


Press Release: Freeport-McMoRan Financial Assurance Proposal Puts New Mexico at Risk

For Immediate Release October 14, 2016 Contact: Allyson Siwik, Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project 575.590.7619 cell   Freeport-McMoRan Financial Assurance Proposal Puts New Mexico at Risk GRIP calls for phase out of $104 Million Third Party Guarantee The Gila Resources Information Project submitted public comments on Wednesday to the Mining and Minerals Division and NM Environment […]

Chino Mine Proposes New North Lampbright Waste Rock Stockpile – Public Hearing scheduled for October 27

The Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing on the proposed construction of a new North Lampbright Stockpile on Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 pmat the Grant County Commission Meeting Room, 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City, NM. According to Chino’s application, the proposed North Lampbright Waste Rock Stockpile will be contiguous to Chino’s […]

GRIP Community Meeting on Mining Issues – October 20th, 6pm Bayard Community Center

For Immediate Release October 13, 2016 Contacts: A.J. Sandoval, Program Associate, Gila Resources Information Project, 575.538.8078 Allyson Siwik, Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project, 575.590.7619   Gila Resources Information Project to Hold Community Meeting on Mining Issues October 20th 6:00 pm at Bayard Community Center The Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) will hold a community […]

No decision yet in Copper Rule appeal

October 1, 2016 The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the “Copper Rule” case on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. GRIP, Amigos Bravos, Turner Ranch Properties, former NMED Groundwater Quality Bureau Chief Bill Olson and NM Attorney General Hector Balderas asked the state’s high court to set aside the Rule and require the Water […]


New Mexico High Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Copper Rule Appeal

      For Immediate Release September 19, 2016 NEW MEXICO HIGH COURT TO CONSIDER WATER SACRIFICE ZONES “As communities throughout the state are confronted by the critical impacts of long-term drought, it is irresponsible to allow mining companies to pollute groundwater that is needed by everyone,” says Allyson Siwik, GRIP Executive Director. SANTA FE, […]


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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