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Residents Fight Mining Proposal

Residents near the village of Pecos are fighting a proposal to conduct exploratory mining operations on Santa Fe National Forest land.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Australian-based New World Cobalt and its American subsidiary, Comexico LLC, submitted a request to search for copper, zinc and gold on two acres of land near Tererro, N.M.

Last week, more than 100 residents from the area met to discuss their concerns and look for ways to slow or halt the mining company’s progress. Lela McFerrin, vice president of the Upper Pecos Watershed Association, said the group is worried about the quality of the water coming out of the watershed.

Mike Haynes, general manager and CEO of New World Cobalt, said their concerns were influenced from “hysteria and misinformation.” He likened the exploratory process to “drilling water holes in someone’s back yard.” He predicted

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