Ortiz Mountains gold mine reclamation

Location: Santa Fe County

Opposing Parties: LAC Minerals, (which was purchased by Barrick Gold Corp. Pegasus Gold was the original mine operator.)

Initiation Date: June 2005

Status: On-going

Clients/Partners: Friends of Santa Fe County

Attorneys: Douglas Meiklejohn


Issues:

Remediation of LAC gold mine in Ortiz Mountains.

Latest News:

July 2009 - We are continuing to monitor the settlement.

Case Files:

The Law Center and its client, Friends of Santa Fe County, are monitoring the reclamation of the LAC gold mine to ensure that the site is reclaimed.  Under a negotiated settlement, LAC Minerals was required to clean up a plume of groundwater contaminated with nitrates and cyanide (used in the heap-leach method of gold mining). It continues to reclaim the ecosystem and remediate contamination at the site.

Also under the settlement, 1,350 acres of the mine were donated to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for the Ortiz Mountain Educational Preserve.