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Release Date: 08/09/13
Contacts: David Herrell, (575) 234-2229    

BLM Seeks Public Input on the Ochoa Mine Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Carlsbad, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Ochoa Mine Project (Project). A Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2013, announcing the Draft EIS for public review and comment. 
Intercontinental Potash Corporation (ICP) is proposing to develop a new underground mine in southern Lea County, New Mexico, to extract polyhalite ore for the production of the sulfate of potash, a component of agricultural fertilizer. ICP has proposed a Mine Plan of Operations that includes an underground mine accessed by a shaft and a ramp, and processing facilities, including the ore process plant, dry stack tailings pile, evaporation ponds, water wells, pipelines, power lines, and a railroad load out facility. 
The BLM will host three public meetings to receive comments during a 45-day public comment period. The public, government agencies, Tribes, and Pueblos are encouraged to attend any, or all of the scheduled public meetings. 
August 27, 2013                                 National Cave and Karst Research Institute
4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.                                 400-1 Cascades Avenue
                                                           Carlsbad, New Mexico 
August 28, 2013                                 Woolworth Community Library
10 a.m.–12 noon                                 100 E Utah Avenue
Jal, New Mexico
August 28, 2013                                 New Mexico Junior College
4 p.m.–6:30 p.m.                                Training and Outreach Building
5317 N Lovington Highway
Hobbs, New Mexico
The Draft EIS is available for downloading from the Project website at: or by contacting the BLM Project Manager David Herrell at 575-234-2229. Comments can be made to the BLM during the public meetings; by email:; by fax: (575) 885-9264; or by mail BLM Carlsbad Field Office, Attention: Ochoa Mine EIS Project Manager, 620 E. Greene St., Carlsbad, NM 88220. A copy of the Draft EIS is also available for review at the following locations:
Carlsbad Public Library, 101 South Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, NM
Woolworth Community Library, 100 East Utah Avenue, Jal, New Mexico 
Hobbs Public Library, 509 North Shipp Street, Hobbs, NM
To ensure your comments and information are fully considered, the BLM must receive your submission by no later than September 23, 2013.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 08-12-2013