Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Picuris Pueblo Seeking Right To Sue Mine, State.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

Operation Is Near Tribal Lands

Butting against a district court judge's February decision, lawyers for the Picuris Pueblo filed an appeal this week arguing for the right to sue a mica mine and the state regulators who allowed it.

The Picuris Pueblo originally sued the state Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources in June 1999, shortly after the state gave a mine near their land permission to expand to 10 times its existing size.

According to court documents filed Monday, the tribe's chief complaint then was that the state OK'd a bogus cleanup plan for the mine, which violates the New Mexico Mining Act. …

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