Grant County is home to two of the nation’s five largest open-pit copper mines, the Chino/Cobre and Tyrone mines, responsible for ongoing groundwater contamination, aquifer depletion, wildlife impacts, and the destruction of precious 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. As a member of the international Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance and by hiring a national expert in mine reclamation, we educate 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/Cobre 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 defends the NM Mining Act and Water Quality Act from industry rollback attempts. Ongoing activities include monitoring the environmental impacts of Grant County mines under operational permits, oversight of permitting of the proposed Copper Flat mine in Hillsboro and American Magnesium dolomite mine in Deming.
Deming, NM. – A coalition of conservation groups are suing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reverse the agency’s approval of an extensive mining exploration and development project in the Florida Mountains by American Magnesium, LLC. The lawsuit focuses on violations of the Administrative Procedures Act, Federal Land Management Policy Act, and the National Environmental […]
After an online public meeting in August, GRIP submitted comments on the revised Tyrone Mine Reclamation Plan that is more than a decade out of date. Our public comments focused on the ineffectiveness of the online public meeting format to address the public’s concerns with how Freeport-McMoRan intends to reclaim the mine site once operations […]