BLM seeks comments on Ochoa potash mine projec

Posted at: 08/10/2013 11:03 AM
Updated at: 08/10/2013 11:04 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4



CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Federal land managers have scheduled a series of public meetings in southeastern New Mexico to gather comments on a proposal to develop a new potash mine.
    
Intercontinental Potash Corp. wants to develop an underground mine in southern Lea County to extract polyhalite ore to use in the production of potash.
    
The company's plan calls for a processing plant and would involve the drilling of water wells, the installation of pipelines and the storage of tailings.
    
The Bureau of Land Management has evaluated the potential effects of the Ochoa project and has drafted an environmental impact statement for the public's review.
    
The BLM says the project would require non-potable water from the Capitan Aquifer.
    
Meetings are planned later this month in Carlsbad, Jal and Hobbs.
    
The public has until Sept. 23 to submit comments.

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