Conservation groups sue BLM over proposed dolomite mine in Deming

A sign protesting a proposed dolomite mine near the entrance to a road leading to the proposed site on federal land in Luna County, N.M., is seen in a June 2017 file photo.

DEMING – Five conservation groups will ask a federal court to set aside the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of a mining project in Luna County, New Mexico, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. 

The suit alleges that BLM illegally approved construction and operation of a dolomite mine at the same time it approved exploration activity to prove the value of a mineral claim in a “two for one” approval. 

“BLM mining regulations and policy mandate that BLM cannot approve full-scale mining operations at the same time as the initial exploration, especially when so little is known about the purported mineral deposit to be excavated,” the complaint states.

EnvironmentBLM fields questions on American Magnesium quarry south of Deming, NM

The project, proposed by the American Magnesium company, seeks to mine dolomite from foothills in the Florida Mountains south of Deming’s city center, in close vicinity to a designated wilderness study area, a residential area and two state parks.

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