Copper Flat Copper Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office has released the Copper Flat Copper Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for review and comment.  This EIS has been prepared by the BLM in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and in consultation with several cooperating agencies, including the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, New Mexico Environment Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.

The New Mexico Copper Corporation (Copper Corporation) proposes reestablishing a poly-metallic mine and processing facility located near Hillsboro, New Mexico.  The 2,190-acre project would utilize BLM-managed public land and private property.  The Project would provide Copper Corporation access to conduct mining activities in Sierra County on public land, leading to the extraction and processing of copper ore.

Comments on the Draft EIS must be submitted between November 30, 2015 and January 19, 2016. Comments may be submitted electronically at: or by mail to: BLM Las Cruces District Office, Attention: Doug Haywood, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM  88005.  To facilitate analysis of comments and information submitted, we strongly encourage you to submit comments in an electronic format.

For additional information or clarification regarding this document, please contact Doug Haywood, Project Lead, BLM Las Cruces District Office at 575-525-4498 or by email at

Documents and Information

Copper Flat Copper Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Public Meetings

Hillsboro Community Center on December 16, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

T or C Civic Center will be on December 17, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.