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.

The BLM has extended the public comment period another 30 days for the Draft EIS.  With this extension, the public will have until April 4, 2016, to submit their comments to the BLM. 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

Groundwater Model Report 

Comments Received