CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has signed off on a 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 (http://bit.ly/GV2bLt ) 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.