Augusta Resource/Rosemont Copper Project
What do we want in our public forest reserves?
Court rescinds Rosemont's state air quality control permit
“This Court concludes there was not substantial evidence to support the action of the AzDEQ, and the action of the AzDEQ was contrary to law, was arbitrary and capricious, and was an abuse of discretion,” the ruling states.
The ruling sends Rosemont's air quality permit back to AzDEQ “for further consideration using the proper criteria.”
Point-counterpoint 2—Forest Service v. EPA over Rosemont
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a fierce critic of the Rosemont Mine for several years, recently wrote another round of critical comments on the U.S. Forest Service's latest report on the mine's impacts. The service's Supplemental Information Report was released in March.
Here is a sampling of both sides' views:
Wet-dry mapping of streams
Analysis of riparian area impacts
-- That the flow observed at the USGS stream gage on upper Cienega Creek . . . from 2001 to 2013 (a period of severe drought) was a reasonable representation of flow conditions in the future. . . .
Augusta Resource executives purchased and sold stock in days leading up to and after HudBay takeover bid announcement www.rosemontminetruth.com/?p=2752#more-2752
Comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement
AZ Game and Fish speak up for our wildlife and environment!
U. S. Department of Interior, Office of Environmental Quality and Compliance, makes extensive comments on the Rosemont project:
EPA tells Forest Service that the Rosemont DEIS is inadequate and should be re-done.
EPA writes second letter to Army Corps outlining problems with Rosemont permit:
Latest: Honor our National Forests—they are up next for destruction by mining
Praise for Nature--the experience of living in a National Forest and honoring the trees, flowers, birds and wildlife! Take a retreat in the woods to rejuvenate your spirit! No time-- take one vicariously and get inspired to take your own! You will get ideas of what you can do, look for and experience when you do have time to take a retreat in the woods for the restoring of your soul and energy!
Your purchase will help fuel and fund the effort to save the trees in our National Forests!
Predictions of increased doubled or more fatialities and accidents on Highway 83:
Letter to Forest Service 11-7-2013
David Fitzsimmons of the AZ Star tells it like it is! We're Rosemont, and we have a mile-wide crater to sell to you
Tim Vanderpool with Tucson Weekly: Stop this Mine
Are you getting a good deal? Open letter to Augusta Resource investors and stockholders
Tony Davis from AZ Star: Rosemont seeking $404M in construction loans
EPA writes Army Corps of Engineers: protecting of Davidson Canyon/Cienega Creek outstanding waters
Water depletion map in region of Rosemont supply wells
Freeman's comments on reliability of Augusta's consultant/contractor: SWCA
Freeman's comments at January 14 hearing: Hold the Forest Service personnel responsible for the destruction of 33,000 mature trees
Comments on Dust Issues for Rosemont's Air Quality Permit
Community compiles a list of cumulative effects of Rosemont Copper Project
List of several administrative problems with the permitting of Rosemont Copper Project
Breaking News!: Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR) files securities complaints with SEC! SSSR posted on its website the thousands of pages of public records and publicly available information supporting its complaint to securities regulators in Canada and the United States, along with the formal complaints alleging that Augusta Resource Corporation officers, Donald Clark and Richard W. Warke, who apparently failed to disclose required and material information in securities filings. These documents can be found at:www.scenicsantaritas.org/news/securities-complaint-information
Breaking News!: Rosemont/Augusta Resource tells investors that they have other properties to mine in Pima County—on the West side of the Santa Ritas!!
The 2009 ASU Carey School of Business states that the Project is “an open-pit mining operation to be developed on 15,000 acre site” (pg. 1)
From their current Investor Presentation:
From their Financial Report:
Just how many jobs are there going to be?
Twenty-nine reasons they can fail financially —even if they were to be permitted. In their own words from Augusta Resource Corporation's Annual Information Form to stockholders for year 2010, dated March 29, 2011
Freeman's Comments at Green Valley hearing: Who would the American owners of the National Forest be doing business with? Augusta Resource/Rosemont's record is questionable.
Rosemont denied air quality permit by Pima County Environmental Quality
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation releases report: The Economics Associated with Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources Conservation and Historic Preservation in the United States
Cultural Considerations on Public Lands:
The truth about jobs: 355 unfilled mining jobs in Arizona—where are the applicants?
[See Corporate Structure, page 3 of 2010 Annual Report]
More on Augusta Resource Corporation (also doing business locally as Rosemont Mining Company, SanRita Properties, Dawson Properties, Karnarco Company). They claim to have acquired three properties: Guadalupe y Calvo, Mexico and Blue Moon Metals, California (2000), Nanavut, Canada (2002). What has happened on those projects? They now say that Rosemont is their sole property.
Act Now on Rosemont Mine Environmental Issues:
Forest Service has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment:
Toxic material spills (incidents) from NRC database (incidents since 1990 when NRC started posting data)
More Information on Mining-law-reform.info
Ideas for comments on Federal Level and contact list
Forest Service letter on Mining Plan includes points on the need for water analysis in mining region...
Economic Issues: Analyses of Economic Costs of the Proposed Rosemont Copper Project
Speak for the Trees
I, Nancy Freeman, counted the number of mature trees that would be destroyed by the Rosemont mining operation. I used this map in a 3 ft. x 4 ft. hard copy and divided it up into 4" squares. I only counted discernable trees, not small blurs of bushes or small trees.
Total numbers of mature trees to be destroyed in our National Forest = 33,000 trees
It was impossible to discern on the map the mature oaks, over a century old, that would be destroyed = several thousand oaks
Please note on Rosemont Map that the mine pit is on Patented mining claims that were purchased by ASARCO for $2.50 an acre. So the pit will be on land that was formerly the Coronado National Forest--in spite of what Augusta claims and was included in the tree count. See map of operation in the Forest Service DEIS Appendix (page 16 in Figures Section) to verify this fact.
Map of patented claims of Rosemont pit
Tree counts at Rosemont conducted by Empire High (Vail) and Walden Grove High (Sahuarita) students
Take a photo tour of Rosemont, compliments of Bob Harris
Check out this reality—51 mines in Arizona on EPA's list
Forest Service Reports on their priority of watershed management
USGS investigates Watershed Contamination from Hard Rock Mining
Technical Reports on each Environmental Impact: You can choose your area of interest: Air, Biological Resources, Dark Skies, Geology, Palentology, Noise and Vibration, Riparian, Socioeconomics, Environmental, Soils, Reclamation, Transportation, Visual Quality, Water Resources
Comments from Federal and State Agencies on the Draft Enviromental Statement
Do not copy any of these reports, but use the information to inspire your own ideas and personal experiences.
Comments from local Environmental Groups
Understanding the Issues (the details)
The Coronado National Forest was created for urban recreation — states their website:
After the turn of the century , attention turned to southeastern Arizona's Sky Islands for yet another resource, recreation. As early as the mid-1800's, areas such as Hospital Flat in the Pinaleño Mountains and the town of Oracle in the foothills of the Santa Catalinas were being used as refuges from the heat and malaria of lowland forts. At about the same time that 15 upland areas were designated U. S. Forest Reserves (between 1902 and 1907), residents of burgeoning desert communities began trekking to the mountains to escape the summer heat. Areas such as White House (Madera) Canyon in the Santa Ritas, Columbine in the Pinaleños, and Summerhaven in the Santa Catalinas were among the most popular of these forest retreats. [Note: In 1902, the Santa Rita section was the first forest reserve to be created in this region.]
First Report on proposed Rosemont Mine by Groundwater Awareness League/Delivered to Rep. Raul Grijalva and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords 4/5/2007
TENORM: Scoping comments at Sonoita
Information on Local Water for the Rosemont Project:
Rosemont claims rights to surface water meant for plants and wildlife in a national forest region!!
Rosemont outlines how they can take all the groundwater they want in an arid region
Map of water source
Lists of wells Rosemont has claimed
Water Impact Report
Augusta Recharges CAP water in Avra Valley
Groundwater Awareness League's comments to Corporation Commsion on the Augusta Recharge project: 12/07
Report on use of low-quality CAP water in various scenarios
Report on CAP history and quality issues
General Information on environmental Issues:
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