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 and reclamation for closure/closeout, including construction of the 3.6 mile-long Cobre Haul Road that will transport copper ore from the Continental Pit and Hanover Mountain to Chino Mine for processing. There will be a significant amount of blasting to construct the haul road and to mine Hanover Mountain.
Cobre filed its application with the NM Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) to come off of standby status. Citing the potential environmental and public health impacts of resuming mining operations at the Continental Mine, GRIP requested a public hearing, and it was subsequently approved by MMD.
The Mining and Minerals Division will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Grant County Administration Building, Commission Chambers at 1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City.
The hearing will be preceded by an Open House at 4pm at which attendees can ask questions and view maps and photos. Once the hearing has started, the public can make comments on the record for consideration by MMD as it finalizes the permit.
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