Initiation Date: January 2012
Clients/Partners: Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), Amigos Bravos, Turner Ranch Properties, L.P.
Attorneys: Douglas Meiklejohn, Jaimie Park
Advocate for environmental protections to be included in New Mexico’s copper mine groundwater regulations.
03/07/2016 - Reply Brief filed with the NM Supreme Court
10/19/2015 - Brief in Chief filed with NM Supreme Court
06/13/2015 - NM Supreme court grants review of Copper Rule
05/08/2015 - NMELC files Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the New Mexico Supreme Court
04/08/2015 - Court of Appeals uphold Copper Rule.
04/09/2014 - NMELC files Brief in Chief with Court of Appeals.
02/19/2014 - NMELC files Motion for Stay of Copper Rule and Brief in Support of Stay with the NM Court of Appeals.
12/13/2013 - NMELC files Reply in Support of staying Copper Rule with WQCC until the Court of Appeals makes its determination and a Motion to disqualify the WQCC.
12/05/2013 - The Copper Rule hearing that was scheduled for December 10th before the Water Quality Control Commission has been postponed. Please stay tuned for upcoming new schedule.
11/08/2013 - Docketing statement is filed in Appeal.
10/09/2013 - NMELC files Notice of Appeal.
09/10/2013 - WQCC adopts copper mining regulations as proposed by NMED and Freeport-McMoRan. Read press release.
08/22/2013 - Closing arguments filed.
04/09/2013 - Staff Attorney Bruce Frederick gives opening statement to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC)
04/01/2013 - Beginning April 9th, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) will go before the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to present its draft water quality rules for the copper mining industry. Find out more.
02/22/2013 - Notice of Intent to Present Technical Testimony filed.
12/14/2012 - NMELC filed joint Motion to Dismiss with the Water Quality Control Commission to dismiss the NMED’s proposed copper rule.
10/12/2012 - NMELC submitted comments with the New Mexico Environment Department on draft changes to the state’s copper mine regulations.
03/07/2016 - Reply Brief
10/19/2015 - Brief in Chief
06/13/2015 - NM Supreme court order granting Petition for Writ
05/08/2015 - Petition for Writ of Certiorari
04/08/2015 - Court of Appeals decision upholding Copper Rule
04/09/2014 - Copper Rule Appeal Brief in Chief
11/08/2013 - Docketing Statement
10/09/2013 - Notice of Appeal
02/22/2013 - Notice of Intent to Present Technical Testimony.
Mr. Kuipers testimony and Attachment 1 and Attachment 2[large file].
Ms. Smith’s Testimony and Attachment 1, Attachment 2[large file], Attachment 3[large file] and
12/14/2012 - Joint Motion to Dismiss Petition for Rulemaking.
10/12/2012 - Submitted Comments on September 13th Draft.