Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas: Rosemont a bad project no matter who owns it

In response to the announced HudBay acquisition of Rosemont's parent company, SSSR issued a press release picked up the the AZ Daily Star.

"Today’s announcement that Augusta Resource Corporation has accepted Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals' hostile takeover bid does nothing to change the simple facts that the proposed massive Rosemont open pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson would inflict devastating impacts on southern Arizona’s environment and economy and still faces daunting regulatory challenges.
“The proposed Rosemont Mine will always be a bad project no matter who owns it,” said SSSR president Gayle Hartmann. “The massive open pit mine threatens southern Arizona’s drinking water, air quality, wildlife and mountains. We will continue to oppose this terrible proposal until it is defeated.”

SSSR lists several outstanding issues with the Forest Service's environmental impact statement including water issues, air quality concerns, and several endangered species.  Read more here.

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