Eastern NM potash mine gets BLM approval

March 28, 2012 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has signed off on a [auth] mining company to begin operations inside an abandoned potash mine in eastern New Mexico.

Intrepid Potash will be mining in a site formerly known as Potash Company of America, and later, Eddy Potash.

Intrepid plans to construct and operate a solution mine in an existing underground mine located about 20 miles northeast of Carlsbad. The company will extract the potash, a potassium compound commonly used for fertilizer, by injecting saline underground.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus ( ) reports the BLM issued a statement saying the project allows for the development of potash minerals while protecting other resource values including air quality, water quality, wildlife, cave resources and cultural resources.

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