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Stop Tererro Mine

In June 2019, it was reported that Comexico LLC, a Colorado subsidiary of Australian mining company New World Cobalt Ltd., is seeking to begin exploratory mining operations in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Comexico is targeting an area a few miles south of the Pecos Wilderness, just to the west of the Pecos River for this operation. The company plans to drill up to 30 holes - each between 500 and 4,000 feet deep - to determine whether the site is a viable option for a full blown mine. Even the exploratory process could contaminate the Pecos River and other nearby streams, potentially damaging the health of fish, wildlife, and humans living in the area.

This region is still reeling from past reckless and irresponsible mining operations. From 1926-1929, the Pecos Mine and El Molino Mill operated in largely the same area in which Comexico plans to begin exploratory drilling. The Pecos Mine was not closed down responsibly, leading to the contamination of soils, 5-10 acres of wetlands, Willow Creek and the Pecos River. The consequences of the mine, however, were felt long after its operations ceased. In 1991, spring runoff caused a massive fish kill - more than 90,000 trout died at the Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery alone.

The damage caused by the 1991 runoff has been limiting the number of visitors to the region ever since. For a community reliant on outdoor tourism, the economic impacts of the disaster have been devestating.

What's worse, the cleanup of the Pecos Mine spill is still underway - more than 90 years after the mine opened operations! New Mexico's taxpayers should not be responsible for another long and costly mine spill cleanup.

Because of the General Mining Act of 1872 (a law created under the administration of Ulysses S. Grant), the U.S. Forest Service is limited in what it can do to stop the proposed Tererro Mine.

That's where you come in. Please sign this petition to let the Forest Service, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, the New Mexico Environment Department, and our Congressional delegation know you oppose an Australian drilling company drilling near the Pecos Wilderness!

Sign Your Name to Stop Tererro Mine