Wasteful mining practices, a lack of water conservation efforts, and poorly regulated growth and development threaten the sustainability of the Mimbres Basin and Upper Gila Basin Aquifers.
Living on the edge of the Chihuahua desert, we cannot afford such a casual attitude toward groundwater. GRIP participates in regional water planning and watershed protection efforts, advocating for sustainable use of our groundwater resources and protection of groundwater quality.
State regulators will be holding hearings on the Copper Flat Mine, located in Hillsboro, NM. New Mexico Copper Corporation has applied for a groundwater discharge permit from the NM Environment Department and a mining permit from the NM Mining and Minerals Division. The New Mexico Environment Department public hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September […]
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, […]
Martinez administration continues effort to roll back water quality protections and public participation
In a second round of proposed changes to surface water and groundwater quality regulations, the NM Environment Department has put forth additional language to weaken water quality safeguards for the benefit of polluters and limit opportunities for public participation in permitting processes. Additional new language relaxes the water quality standard for chromium and despite public […]
NMED’s draft rules limit public participation and expand polluters’ ability to discharge above water quality standards Send in your comments to NMED by August 17 The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is in the process of revising statewide surface water and groundwater quality regulations for the state. Our colleagues at the NM Environmental Law Center have […]
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 […]
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 […]
Freeport-McMoRan Agrees to Water Treatment, Saving 9000 Acre -feet of Clean Groundwater Annually GRIP has won its five-year fight against Chino Mine’s proposal to dilute contaminated water with clean groundwater rather than use more effective treatment technology. The environmental group reached a settlement with the mine under which Chino will use an advanced form of […]
State commission will decide future of groundwater at closure of Grant County mine. In its continued efforts to get out of legal environmental requirements when the Tyrone copper mine closes, Phelps Dodge (PD) was back in front of the state of New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) in Santa Fe in July and August. […]
Recognizing that the municipality lacked a clear policy for reviewing requests for water main extensions, the Silver City town council in March approved a moratorium on approval of new water main extension applications until an ordinance could be put in place. To learn more, read our article in our Summer ’06 Get A GRIP: page […]