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Judge puts brakes on Patagonia drilling
Curt Prendergast, Arizona Daily Star

Hudbay sticks to Rosemont despite copper price tumble
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

Local mining prospects, loss and gain

Is Rosemont mine DOA?
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by David Keating

More proof that mining is a dirty business
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Dennis Winsten

Thousands of mines with toxic water lie under the West
Associated Press

Wastewater from Colorado mine reaches New Mexico

Unexpected loss sends Hudbay stock to six-year low
Rosemont Mine Truth

'I drank the water and ate the fish. We all did. The acid has damaged me permanently'
John Vidal, The Guardian

IN MY VIEW: Owner doesn't matter, mine a bad idea
GV News Letter to the Editor by Tom Pardon

Rosemont concerns
GV News Letter to the Editor by Dan Meyer

FROM THE EDITOR: A look at Hudbay a year into it
Dan Shearer, Green Valley News

Tumbling copper prices expected to delay Hudbay's Rosemont construction plans
Rosemont Mine Truth

Study: US Mining Permitting Process Can Diminish a Project's Value by Up to Half
Jeff Yoders, MetalMiner

U.S. miners hurt by slow permitting process: industry group

Local washes stay regulated under new EPA rule
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

Star should rethink Rosemont position
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Scott Brill

Moving up - Corporate affairs division at Hudbay grows by three
Arizona Daily Star

Using water for mines will hurt wildlife corridor
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by William Merman

In Guatemala, Indigenous Woman Sues Multinational Company for Husband's Murder
Jeff Abbott, Truthout

Nickel Mine, Lead Bullets: Maya Q'eqchi' seek justice in Guatemala and Canada
Sandra Cuffe, Mongabay.com

Rare lands, wildlife take precedence over mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Peg Kazda

Las Cienegas area is worth protecting
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Linda McNulty

Hudbay Declares Commercial Production at Constancia in Peru
Engineering and Mining Journal News

Will restored creeks thrive if Rosemont gets OK?
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

BLM Rosemont memos -- point/counterpoint
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

BLM: Rosemont Mine plans worrisome now, just like before
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

Pima County lighting suit underscores adverse economic impacts of the proposed Rosemont Mine
Rosemont Mine Truth

EPA criticizes state's latest approval of Rosemont Mine
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

EPA cites concerns over Rosemont project plans
Sonu Wasu, Tucson News Now

Hudbay Announces Strike Action at Manitoba Operations
Hudbay Press Release

As Manitoba mine strike looms, Hudbay hires replacement workers and security forces
Rosemont Mine Truth

County sues Rosemont, alleging outdoor light violation
Patrick McNamara, Arizona Daily Star

More trouble for Mexico mine, work stopped because of toxic waste spill
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 22, 2015

Hudbay: No big mineral estimate changes from Rosemont drilling
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 22, 2015

Hudbay scraps Rosemont copper reserves estimate
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 6, 2015

Hudbay fails to disclose permit revocation in financial filings
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 2, 2015

Let's Take Back Earth Day in Tucson
Tucson Weekly Guest Opinion by James Jordan
April 2, 2015

EDITORIAL—Rosemont: Think before digging
Green Valley News, by Stan Hart
March 31, 2015

Ocelot photographed on mine site's doorstep
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 21, 2015

Hudbay union approves preliminary strike vote in Manitoba
Rosemont Mine Truth
March 20, 2015

No to Rosemont
Green Valley News, Opinion by Frances C. Carter
March 7, 2015

Court rescinds Rosemont's state air quality control permit
Rosemont Mine Truth
March 6, 2015

Arizona judge overturns permit for copper mine
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 6, 2015

Pima County to challenge state's water quality certification for Rosemont
Rosemont Mine Truth
March 5, 2015

SSSR Releases Rosemont Mine Risk Report
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas Press Release
February 25, 2015

Tribe's protest of mine plan near Superior is in 3rd week
Emily Bregel, Arizona Daily Star
February 20, 2015

Hudbay CEO suggests Rosemont permitting is a certainty
Rosemont Mine Truth
February 19, 2015

State Issues Its OKs on Rosemont Water Quality
Andrea Kelly, Arizona Public Media
February 13 2015

Coronado Forest supervisor leaving for higher-ranking job
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 11, 2015

Police raid Rosemont contractor over Mount Polley dam failure
Rosemont Mine Truth
February 6, 2015

Canadian police raid company that owns failed tailings dam designed by Rosemont contractors
Rosemont Mine Truth
February 5, 2015

Rosemont gets another key state approval
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 4, 2015

Rosemont subcontractor cited for design failures at Mount Polley dam collapse
Rosemont Mine Truth
February 4, 2015

Opponents say mine threatens Patagonia drinking water
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 24, 2015

Hudbay plans additional Rosemont drilling as stock hits four-year low
Rosemont Mine Truth
January 20, 2015

Threatened bird puts brakes on Coronado National Forest mine
Mirando Leo, Cronkite News
January 15, 2015

Rosemont Mine, opponents clash over air permit
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 5, 2015

Cliffs' massive closure costs at Bloom Lake stun analysts
Peter Koven, Financial Post
November 19, 2014

Don't let mine destroy scenic area
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Daniel Sanchez
November 18, 2014

Mine tales: Santa Rita Mountains have long been active
William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star
November 17, 2014

Breaking News: 400 protesters occupy Hudbay's Constancia mine site
Rosemont Mine Truth
November 15, 2014

Protestors converge on Hudbay's Constancia project
Rosemont Mine Truth
November 12, 2014

Hudbay has no timeline for developing Rosemont
Rosemont Mine Truth
October 31, 2014

News Release: Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Receives Federal Protection under the Endangered Species Act
October 2, 2014

IN MY VIEW: Hudbay actions in Guatemala call integrity into question
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Lynn Carey
September 30, 2014

FRANZI: Hudbay should learn from Augusta's errors
Emil Franzi, Green Valley News
September 30, 2014

Judge mining's effects for yourself
Re: the Sept. 21 article "Hudbay verifying Rosemont prospects."
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Ed Turner
September 28, 2014

IN MY VIEW: Rosemont and our growing Southwest water shortage
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Don Severe
September 27, 2014

Rosemont's Cienega restoration plan goes nowhere
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
September 27, 2014

Hudbay completes aquisition of Augusta Resource to take control of Rosemont copper project
Rosemont Mine Truth
September 25, 2014

Amnesty International spotlights Hudbay Minerals for alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala
Rosemont Mine Truth
September 24, 2014

Mexico warns Arizona of waste spill into river
Astrid Galvan and Bob Christie, The Associated Press
September 22, 2014

Rosemont owner drilling to confirm earlier copper estimates
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
September 20, 2014

Recent Mining Disasters Underscore Significant Challenges Posed by Huge Open Pit Mining Projects
Frances Causey, Huffington Post
September 9, 2014

Rosemont Explanatory Drilling in Santa Ritas Starts Next Month
Zachary Ziegler, Arizona Public Media
August 27, 2014

Learn from acid spill at Cananea mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Mike Motherway
August 24, 2014

Rosemont Mine
(Section under article "McCain: Terrorists must be eliminated")
Andrew Paxton, Green Valley News
August 21, 2014

US wildlife agency 'overlooks' real science
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Scotty Johnson
August 20, 2014

Land Preservation for Threatened Bird Further Impedes Mine Proposal
Andrew Bernier, 91.5 KJZZ
August 20 2014

Recent tailings failure in Mexico and Canada "justify expensive and time consuming permitting process"
Rosemont Mine Truth
August 18, 2014

Biologists who warned of harm to jaguar were overruled
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
August 15, 2014

Conservationists say proposed habitat for cuckoo bird could affect mine near Tucson
ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press
August 15, 2014

Engineering firm currently responsible for failed Canadian tailings dam also designed Rosemont's tailings dump
Rosemont Mine Truth
August 14, 2014

Hudbay's Rosemont exploration drilling plan raises questions about mine's size and environmental damage
Rosemont Mine Truth
August 12, 2014

Proposed Arizona copper mine may threaten ocelot and jaguar
Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2014

Environmental Catastrophe in Canada Underscores Rosemont Threats
SSSR Press Release
August 9, 2014

Engineering firm that designed collapsed BC mining waste dam is key player in Rosemont's proposed tailings dump
Rosemont Mine Truth
August 7, 2014

Letter: Science, Not Politics, Should Steer Decision on Arizona Copper Mine, Endangered Species
Center for Biological Diversity Press Release
August 5, 2014

Mount Polley Mine tailings breach: 'The devastation up the lake is unbelievable'
CBC News
August 5, 2014

Rosemont Mine would use scarce water
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Stanley Curd
August 1, 2014

Hudbay Announces Successful Completion of Offer to Acquire Augusta
Hudbay Press Release
July 29, 2014

Huckelberry defends negotiating with Rosemont on land preservation
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2014


Rosemont mine is lynchpin to Hudbay's plan to construct massive industrial mining complex in southern Arizona
Rosemont Mine Truth
July 25, 2014

Hudbay looking to expand beyond Rosemont in Arizona
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
July 25, 2014

Hudbay plans to seek more mining operations in area
Dan Shearer, Green Valley News
July 22, 2014

Hudbay acquires 92% of Augusta Resource
Henry Lazenby, miningweekly.com
July, 17 2014

Look to older mines to see Rosemont future
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Robert Swaim
July 15, 2014

Northern Mexican gartersnake listed as threatened species
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
July 7, 2014

Rosemont pays $551,000 firefighting bill
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 29, 2014

Augusta Resources finally accepts HudBay's offer
Dorothy Kosich, Mineweb
June 24, 2014

Rosemont permitting delays led to Hudbay takeover agreement, Augusta board chairman tells Canadian paper
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 24, 2014

New Rosemont mine owner wants to dig by 2016
Andrew Paxton, Green Valley News
June 24, 2014

SSSR release on the Augusta-Hudbay agreement
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 24, 2014

Augusta stocks rise, Hudbay's dip in takeover involving Rosemont mine
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 24, 2014

Hudbay takeover will give Rosemont more financial clout
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 24, 2014

Augusta, Hudbay's statement on the Rosemont Mine takeover agreement
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 24, 2014

Hudbay, Augusta agree to friendly takeover
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 23, 2014

Augusta agrees to revised HudBay takeover offer
June 23, 2014

Augusta Resource running out of options in its nine-year effort to develop Rosemont copper project
Rosemont Mine Truth
June 18, 2014

Rosemont criticizes opposition lawsuit challenging state air permit
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 9, 2014

Hudbay Extends Offer for Augusta
The Wall Street Journal
June 9, 2014

Another Rosemont permit challenged in court
Rosemont Mine Truth
June 6, 2014

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas Shouted 'Let There be Hope,' And There Was Hope
Mari Herreras, Tucson Weekly
June 6, 2014

In guest opinion, species are casually written off
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Roger Barthelson
June 6, 2014

Rosemont opponents sue to toss out air-quality permit
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 5, 2014

'Obscure critters' not reason to halt mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Paul Rees
June 3, 2014

Augusta v. Hudbay: Point/counterpoint
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2014

Hudbay vs. Augusta: By the numbers
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2014

Yes to Rosemont mine — in faraway land
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Andi Smith
May 31, 2014

Gilmore Tostengard: Don't forfeit mine's benefits for the sake of some obscure critters
By Gilmore Tostengard Special to the Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2014

Hudbay again extends offer for Augusta
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 27, 2014

Et tu, Chris? Augusta analyst now thinks Hudbay could have a chance
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2014

Red Kite waives loan condition and advances Augusta Resource $6 million to address endangered species review
Rosemont Mine Truth
May 23, 2014

New Rosemont Mine delay now assured; Fish & Wildlife taking fresh look at impacts on 8 imperiled species
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 23, 2014

Water Pressure
The Rosemont Mine hits a new snag over a key permit
Jim Nintzel, Tucson Weekly
May 22, 2014

Both sides sound off on latest news on potential new Rosemont delays
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2014

Ocelot presents new delay for Rosemont Mine
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2014

Augusta to Receive US$6 Million of Third Tranche of Red Kite Loan Facility
PR Newswire
May 22, 2014

A new round of endangered species review delivers potentially crippling blow to Augusta Resource's Rosemont copper project
Rosemont Mine Truth
May 21, 2014

Is Augusta Resource Ready for the Gallows?
Rich Duprey, The Motley Fool
May 20, 2014

Army Corps warns that Rosemont's mitigation plan is inadequate
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 19, 2014

Hudbay Minerals extends takeover offer for Augusta Resource to May 27
The Canadian Press
May 16, 2014

Army Corps of Engineers Deals Potentially Fatal Blow to Rosemont Mine Project
Center for Biological Diversity press release
May 16, 2014

Rosemont Copper's Section 404 Clean Water Act permit in jeopardy as Army Corps again cites mitigation shortfalls
Rosemont Mine Truth
May 15, 2014

County approves id="mce_marker".5 million payment for flood-control project
Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star
May 14, 2014

Motley Fool reports on Augusta's permitting "shortfall" as its chairman continues history of misleading shareholders
Rosemont Mine Truth
May 8, 2014

ADEQ assessment vague and naive
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Dennis Winsten
May 6, 2014

Hudbay extends hostile bid for Augusta 10 days as it reviews permitting and approval outlook for Rosemont copper mine
Rosemont Mine Truth
May 5, 2014

Augusta Resources Kept From Goal Line at Rosemont
Rich Duprey, The Montley Fool
May 5, 2014

Key public objections to draft decision, final impact statement on Rosemont
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 4, 2014

Both sides praise Canadian decision on Augusta shareholder rights
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 4, 2014

Forest Service official elaborates on its delay in responding to Rosemont objections
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 3, 2014

Another Rosemont Mine delay: Forest Service misses a deadline
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
May 3, 2014

Augusta shareholders extend poison pill hours before regulator's scheduled vote on HudBay's request to revoke plan
Rosemont Mine Truth
May 2, 2014

Shareholders vote to back rights plan at Augusta Resource in face of HudBay bid
The Canadian Press
May 2, 2014

Future ownership of Rosemont copper project to be determined as Augusta shareholders meet with HudBay bid set to expire
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 30, 2014

Augusta, Hudbay to duke it out over shareholder rights plan
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2014

EPA and Pima County ask Arizona environmental agency to deny Rosemont's application for clean water certification
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 28, 2014

Exhibit features beauty of Santa Ritas, Rosemont Mine area
Kitty Bottemiller, Green Valley News
April 27, 2014

Mining industry support firms congregate here
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2014

Drive through Morenci shows mining's impact
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by John Tomy
April 26, 2014

A guide to Rosemont's possible impacts on Davidson and Cienega
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2014

ADEQ, other agencies disagree on Rosemont Mine pollution
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 24, 2014

Mining support firms congregate here
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 21, 2014

New photos show male jaguar sticks around the Santa Ritas
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
April 19, 2014

Hudbay increases pressure in hostile takeover bid claiming "Augusta continues to mislead shareholders"
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 17, 2014

Hudbay seeks antidote to Augusta's 'poison pill'
Arizona Daily Star
April 14, 2014

Augusta again urges shareholders to reject HudBay bid claiming it is on the "cusp" of receiving final permit
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 14, 2014

Mining projects
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Nancy Freeman
April 12, 2014

Rosemont's damage
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Jane F. Bristol
April 12, 2014

Groundwater depletion caused by Rosemont mine would negatively impact more than 900 private wells
Rosemont Mine Truth
April 11, 2014

IN MY VIEW: The Forest Service and Rosemont Mine

Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Dan Meyer
April 5, 2014

Ring's Reflections: Copper remains a huge economic factor in Arizona

Bob Ring Special to the Arizona Daily Star
April 3, 2014

County takes 90 days to review Rosemont Mine mitigation fee proposal

Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star
April 2, 2014

Augusta ignores Army Corps concerns and continues to tell investors 404 Clean Water Act permit will be issued by June 30

Rosemont Mine Truth
April 1, 2014

April 1 deadline for Rosemont to submit suitable mitigation plan required for crucial water permit

Rosemont Mine Truth
March 31, 2014

Hudbay extends hostile bid for Rosemont developer

David Wichner, Arizona Daily Star
March 31, 2014

HudBay extends buyout offer for Rosemont Copper

Green Valley News
March 31, 2014

Say bye to Rosemont if Tesla factory comes

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Ron Mayfield
March 27, 2014

Forest Service failed to adequately analyze Rosemont’s major impacts to Arizona Trail, OHV and other recreational uses
Rosemont Mine Truth
March 26, 2014

Army Corps still not satisfied with Rosemont mitigation plans

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 22, 2014

Fitz column fitting on Ides of March

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Will Clipman
March 20, 2014

HudBay CEO: Augusta must resolve all litigation before it can access funds to build Rosemont mine

Rosemont Mine Truth
March 17, 2014

Augusta Responds to Extension of HudBay’s Offer

Copper Investing News
March 17, 2014

Takeover of Augusta would heighten concern over Rosemont's promises

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 16, 2014

Fitz: Miss Rita's suitor, Mr. Rosemont, comes calling with a bag of cash

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2014

Jaguar critical habitat designation sets stage for federal lawsuit

Rosemont Mine Truth
March 14, 2014

Mine opponents see 3 cautionary tales

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 14, 2014

Daily Fitz Cartoon: Professor Rosemont

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2014

Pecan growers worry about high water table from recharge

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 11, 2014

City paves way for plan to send CAP water to pecan groves

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 10, 2014

Hudbay: We would honor Rosemont commitments to community

Kitty Bottemiller, Green Valley News & Sun
March 9, 2014

Proposed Rosemont Copper Mine could create a toxic pit lake that won’t be mitigated

Rosemont Mine Truth
March 7, 2014

Why FWS now finds jaguar critical habitat to be justified

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 5, 2014

Jaguar gets new layer of US protection

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 5, 2014

Company targeting Rosemont to meet with Sahuarita

Kitty Bottemiller, Green Valley News & Sun
March 5, 2014

CAP chief says Colorado River issues won't affect GV

Philip Franchine, Green Valley News & Sun
March 5, 2014

Feds designate 764K acres prime habitat for endangered jaguar

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
March 4, 2014

HudBay charges Augusta is ignoring “critical permitting and financing risks”

Rosemont Mine Truth
February 27, 2014

Hudbay punches back at Augusta in takeover PR fight

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 27, 2014

Augusta claims Water Permit “imminent” despite EPA concerns

Rosemont Mine Truth
February 27, 2014

Augusta on verge of rejecting hostile takeover bid, management says

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2014

Augusta Resource: Rosemont mine project may get “bigger”

Rosemont Mine Truth
February 25, 2014

UPDATED: Augusta rejects low-ball offer by Hudbay

Green Valley News & Sun
February 24, 2014

New transportation plan threatens southern Arizona communities

Rosemont Mine Truth
February 21, 2014

Listen to tribal leaders on Rosemont mine

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Aviva Tirosh
February 18, 2014

Rosemont, in verse

Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Connie Aglione
February 18, 2014

Arizona Daily Star reports Rosemont stiffed Forest Service on $514,000 bill for starting 2011 wildfire that charred 1,826 acres

Rosemont Mine Truth
February 17, 2014

Rosemont’s promises must be in writing

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Paula Sherrick
February 17, 2014

Ned Norris Jr. and Peter Yucupicio: Rosemont Mine plan is just horrible on so many levels

By Ned Norris Jr. and Peter Yucupicio Special To The Arizona Daily Star
February 16, 2014

Feds: Rosemont Copper behind in paying firefighting bill

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 16, 2014

A high price

Green Valley News & Sun Letter to the editor by David Edge, Prescott
February 15, 2014

Bill to move portion of Pima into Santa Cruz County shelved, for now

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
February 14, 2014

Bill is dead but push to move county line isn't

Philip Franchine, Green Valley News & Sun
February 14, 2014

Mine’s negative impact will be permanent

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Joan Pevarnik
February 14, 2014

David Fitzsimmons: Valentine’s Day ’31 — When selecting water is high point of meal

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star
February 14, 2014

Forest official failing to protect our land

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Robert Swain
February 13, 2014

Rosemont critique by Bronson appreciated

Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by James W. Clarke
February 13, 2014

Rosemont Copper parent hires advisers to evaluate takeover bid

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2014

Rosemont hires advisers in stock offer bid

Green Valley News & Sun
February 12, 2014

Hudbay and Augusta: One analyst sees a good deal in the making for all

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2014

Augusta Resource executives purchased and sold stock in days leading up to and after HudBay takeover bid announcement

Rosemont Mine Truth
Feb. 12, 2014

Other suitors expected for Augusta besides Hudbay, Bloomberg says

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 12, 2014

Fitz: The pits

The Daily Fitz News Report, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 12, 2014

IN MY VIEW: Bill to move line not thought through

Ray Carroll and Stan Riddle, Green Valley News
Feb. 11, 2014

Water company expects Rosemont help despite stock bid

Kitty Bottemiller, Green Valley News
Feb. 11, 2014

Canadian company makes offer for Augusta/Rosemont shares

Mark B. Evans, Inside Tucson Busines
Feb. 10, 2014

HudBay’s $428-million hostile bid for Augusta provides jolt to Canadian mining sector

Peter Koven, Financial Post
Feb. 10, 2014

Bigger Canadian mining company wants to buy Rosemont's parent

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 11, 2014

Fitz: Canadians

The Daily Fitz News Report, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 11, 2014

Rosemont Mine: HudBay makes nearly $500M bid for Augusta

Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 10, 2014

Fitz: Rosemont

The Daily Fitz News Report, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 10, 2014

County’s mine stance hurts jobs picture

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Connie Widman
Feb. 10, 2014

Let us not create gaping maws in our land

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Holly Hilden
Feb. 9, 2014

Hudbay to Make Offer to Acquire Augusta Resource Corporation

Hudbay News Release
Feb. 9, 2014

Rosemont, home values and water

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, Green Valley News
Feb. 8, 2014

Consider this

Green Valley News letter to the editor by Duke Southard
Feb. 8, 2014

Fitz Caption Contest: Week of February 5th

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 7, 2014

Detroit’s sad fate awaits Pima County

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Mike Gertsen
Feb. 7, 2014

Bronson makes case against Rosemont mine

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Tom Vana
Feb. 6, 2014

Rosemont, So Much to Answer For
An exhibition at Fluxx looks at what could be lost in the Santa Ritas

Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly
Feb. 6, 2014

Lawmaker wants to move Green Valley, Sahuarita, Rosemont Mine to Santa Cruz County

Joe Ferguson, Arizona Daily Star and Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
Feb. 6, 2014

Do you like the Rosemont county-switch idea?

Arizona Daily Star poll
Feb. 5, 2014

Supervisors OK formal objection to Rosemont Mine

Joe Ferguson, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 5, 2014

Griffin introduces bill to move Santa Cruz County line north

Dan Shearer, Green Valley News
Feb. 4, 2014

Pima County supervisors vote to oppose Rosemont Mine

Joe Ferguson, Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 4, 2014

Not too late

Letter to the Editor, Green Vally News, by Mandy Vernalia
Feb. 4, 2014

Pima County still trying to scuttle Rosemont Mine

Jonathan DuHamel, Arizona Daily Independent
Feb. 4, 2014

Bisbee is example of a mine’s impact

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Kyle Cassell
Feb. 4, 2014

Pima County to consider lodging formal objection to Rosemont Mine

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 03, 2014

Star’s Rosemont endorsement premature

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Duncan Creed
Feb. 3, 2014

Sharon Bronson: Splintered views of Rosemont Mine don't reveal the total picture, impact

By Sharon Bronson Special to the Arizona Daily Star
Feb. 2, 2014

Unconscionable for Star to support Rosemont

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Will Clipman
Jan. 30, 2014

Lens on the Land: Environmental Photography of the Santa Rita Mountain Range

Jon D Auria, Zocalo Magazine
January 29, 2014

We know better

Green Valley News letter to the editor by Will Clymer
Jan. 28, 2014

Rosemont mine

Green Valley News letter to the editor by Henry A. Kolesnik
Jan. 27, 2014

Mine endorsement is shortsighted

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Kris McGrath
Jan. 27, 2014

YIMBY, NIYBY: Yes on Apache Power Plant, No on Rosemount Mine

David Pinar, Tucson Citizen
Jan. 26, 2014

Rosemont Mine - like a punch in the nose

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Chuck Dunn
Jan. 26, 2014

Mine, Star editorial are wrong

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Susanne Burke-Zike
Jan. 25, 2014

IN MY VIEW: ‘Star’ should heed its own reporting

Green Valley News letter to the editor by Bill Sacks
Jan. 25, 2014

Daily Fitz Cartoon: Rosemont

By David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star
January 24, 2014

Rosemont uses

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Macfarland Donaldson
Jan. 24, 2014

Augusta Resource has no mining experience

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Corrinne Bartell
Jan. 24, 2014

EPA Report Delivers Blow to Alaska’s Pebble Mine

Rosemont Mine Truth
January 23, 2014

Put money aside for Rosemont shutdown

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Jim White
Jan. 23, 2014

Since when does US stop polluters?

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Jim Corbin
Jan. 23, 2014

What legacy will we leave our children?

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Susi Learn
Jan. 23, 2014

With Rosemont, it’s taxpayer beware

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Mike Breiding
Jan. 22, 2014

Conserving water trumps mine’s needs

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Gred Collins
Jan. 22, 2014

Editorial may have jumped the gun

Special to the Green Valley News, by Tom Purdon
January 21, 2014

Groups Send Letter to Elected Officials Asking They Oppose Rosemont Mine

Rosemont Mine Truth
January 21, 2014

Various letters to the editor regarding Jan. 19 article “The Rosemont Mine project” and the editorial “Time to move ahead, let Rosemont be built.”

January 21, 2014

It's time to move ahead and build the Rosemont Mine

Arizona Daily Star
January 19, 2014

The Rosemont Mine project

Arizona Daily Star
January 19, 2014

Complaints about mining's burdensome regulations are unfounded

Jennifer Krill, Alaska Dispatch
January 18, 2014

Memorandum on proposed Rosemont mine - A memorandum from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry to the Board of Supervisors on the proposed Rosemont Mine

Posted by the Arizona Daily Star
January 17, 2014

Dave Efnor: Rosemont Mine, now all but certain, will benefit many thousands

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor
January 17, 2014

Jaguar tracks found in the Santa Ritas, says conservation group and UA geneticist

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 14, 2014

Buckmaster: Opponents plot next move in fight to stop Rosemont Mine

Buckmaster Show
January 13, 2014

Article looks at extractive v. recreational industries -- sound familiar?

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 11, 2014

Mine will destroy trees, scenic beauty

Arizona Daily Star letter to the editor by Diane Stephenson
January 10, 2014

Rosemont mine objection period has begun; how to comment

ITB Staff
January 7, 2014

More Rosemont reading around the Web

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 6, 2014

Rosemont blasts EPA letter; says its mitigation plans meet US standards

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 5, 2014

WSJ op-ed writer blasts EPA over Rosemont

Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 4, 2014

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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2015

Court Overturns Rosemont Air Pollution Permit

ADEQ decision ruled "not supported by evidence" and "an abuse of discretion"

(Phoenix, Ariz.) A Maricopa County (AZ) Superior Court today overturned a key air pollution permit for Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals' proposed Rosemont copper mine. Judge Crane McClennen ruled the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) acted "contrary to law" in its January 2013 decision to issue Rosemont the permit.

In completely adopting the evidence and arguments presented by SSSR, the court found the state relied on flawed data provided by Rosemont that was designed to understate the air pollution impact of the proposed $1.5 billion open pit copper mine.

McClennen stated in his ruling that ADEQ's decision to issue the permit "was arbitrary and capricious," an "abuse of discretion," and "not supported by substantial evidence."

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR), a southern Arizona coalition opposing the mine. SSSR provided evidence that Rosemont had manipulated its data in an attempt to convince ADEQ that pollution from the mine would not violate applicable air quality and health standards. SSSR showed if appropriate modeling were used, Rosemont's operations would indeed violate these standards.

"Rosemont has a long history of playing fast and loose with the facts," said Gayle Hartmann, SSSR's President. "They expect ADEQ and other regulatory agencies to just rubber stamp their projects, but this time they both got caught. The court agreed with us that ADEQ did not do an adequate and proper job of evaluating Rosemont's application."

Rosemont is seeking state and federal permits to blast a massive open pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest near Tucson. The air pollution permit is one of the several permits that Hudbay needs, but still doesn't have, before it can begin operations at the mine site.

Today's ruling means ADEQ will have to re-evaluate the air permit in light of additional data and analysis presented by SSSR showing the mine would violate state air quality and health standards.

At a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge last year, air quality experts working with SSSR provided evidence revealing that Rosemont selected an extremely low data measurement threshold for its ADEQ permit application in a manipulative attempt to show that mine operations would not exceed air quality standards.

Rosemont also did not tell ADEQ that it had provided data to the U.S. Forest Service, at that agency's request, showing that using even a slightly higher measurement threshold would cause the mine to violate air quality standards. SSSR emphasized the significance of the report to the Forest Service proving that violations would occur.

Attorneys for Rosemont acknowledged to Judge McClennen in January that the company provided ADEQ with air pollution data that was substantially different than what the company gave to the U.S. Forest Service.

In particular, Rosemont chose to use a 5% ratio of nitrogen dioxide to nitrogen oxide pollution in its air pollution model, even though it had no hard data proving that 5% was the appropriate ratio to use. In fact, Rosemont had looked at how much pollution would be emitted using ratios of 5%, 10%, and 30%, but decided to give ADEQ only the 5% data results - the only level not showing a violation of air quality and public health standards.

By comparison, the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the Clean Air Act, recommends a default ratio of 50% when, as here, there is no hard data supporting a lower ratio.

"Rosemont can't have it both ways," said local physician Dr. Tom Purdon who also sits on the SSSR Board of Directors. "They tell the Forest Service one thing and then tell ADEQ something very different. What that tells southern Arizonans is that Rosemont still can't be trusted. And it's our health that would be jeopardized if the mine violates air quality standards."

[Editors Note: The Court ruling can be downloaded here.]

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas is a non-profit organization working to protect the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains from environmental degradation caused by mining and mineral exploration.

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Press Release - February 25, 2015

SSSR Releases Rosemont Mine Risk Report

Report Highlights Hudbay's Dismal Track Record and Threats to Southern Arizona

(Tucson, ARIZ) Save the Scenic Santa Ritas today released a detailed report highlighting the social, environmental and financial risks facing investors and southern Arizona from Hudbay Mineral Inc.'s proposed Rosemont mine. The report can be accessed here: http://scenicsantaritas.org/rosemontriskreport.

Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals acquired the rights to the proposed Rosemont mine in 2014 when it purchased Vancouver, B.C.-based Augusta Resource Corp. The risk report closely examines Hudbay's background and the regulatory and legal challenges still facing the company as it seeks the approvals needed to proceed with the Rosemont project. The report is based on a wide variety of publicly available, factual information including Hudbay's documents.

"When you look at Hudbay's track record, you will find a disturbing picture of pollution, public health concerns, and trampling on community and indigenous rights in Canada, Guatemala and Peru. Their record raises significant questions about the company's ethics," said Gayle Hartmann, President of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas. "It is particularly important that those individuals and groups that are being asked to support the Rosemont mine be aware of this information before they allow Hudbay to use their good names as a supporter of this terrible project."

Hudbay is seeking state and federal permits to construct the $1.5 billion, mile-wide, half- mile deep Rosemont open-pit copper mine. The mine is slated be built on the northeastern flank of the Santa Rita Mountains within the Coronado National Forest, 30 miles southeast of downtown Tucson, AZ. The proposed mine would have devastating impacts on Southern Arizona's water, air, wildlife, and economy, and there is unprecedented opposition to it.

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas is a non-profit organization working to protect the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains from environmental degradation caused by mining and mineral exploration.

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Environmental Catastrophe in Canada Underscores Rosemont Threats

SSSR Press Release - August 9, 2014

(TUCSON, Ariz.) The international engineering firm that designed a Canadian mine tailings dam that collapsed earlier this week is also playing a key role in the development of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine’s tailings dump.
Monday’s catastrophic failure of Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley tailings dam sent millions of gallons of toxic slurry laden with heavy metals and other pollutants gushing into waterways approximately 370 miles northeast of Vancouver, BC.
The Mount Polley environmental catastrophe has resulted in an emergency ban on drinking water, devastation of important salmon habitat and damage to the region’s tourism and outdoor economy. The costs of cleaning up the environmental damage are unknown, but the stock
market apparently believes it will be significant, as Imperial Metals share price has dropped by over 40% since the incident occurred on Monday.
Knight Piésold Ltd. had provided Imperial Metals with design, construction supervision, quality control, and annual inspections of the failed Mount Polley tailings facility, according to Canadian regulatory filings.
In Arizona, Knight Piésold conducted laboratory testing on materials that would be used in Rosemont’s proposed tailings facility as a subcontractor for AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc., which prepared the final design report for Rosemont’s dry stack tailings storage facility in April 2009.
AMEC also relied on Knight Piésold in 2010 to conduct analysis of soil materials in response to questions from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality after it determined that the previous “assessment of physical and engineering properties of the dry stack tailings…is inadequate.”
“What happened in Canada this week is a reminder that, notwithstanding the PR spin from mining companies, the worst case scenario can and does happen,” said Gayle Hartmann, President of the Save the Scenic Santa Ritas. “While there may be some differences in the design, if even a fraction of the devastation that occurred in Canada were to take place at the proposed Rosemont mine, the drinking water supplies of a metropolitan area of 1 million people would be impacted not to mention the destruction of important desert riparian habitat.”
Potential incidents such as what occurred at the Mount Polley mine are the basis for SSSR’s repeated calls for the relevant regulatory agencies to do their job and reject the proposed Rosemont Mine because the risks to southern Arizona’s water supplies and economy are just too great. Earlier this year, a diverse group of organizations and individuals, including Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Pima County, the Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, filed comprehensive written objections with the Forest Service on its final environmental analysis for the proposed mine.
Their objections raised a number of critical issues that, in light of the disaster in Canada, are even more relevant and significant today. These objections respond to the failure of the Forest Service to address the unmitigated toxic pit lake that will be created, accepting Rosemont’s and its engineers unproven assurances about the technical feasibility of its dry stack tailings which have never been used on a mine the size of Rosemont, allowing potential violations of the Clean Water and Clean Air acts and failing to set a specific amount for a reclamation bond that would clean up environmental disasters such as what occurred at Mount Polley.
“Given the revelation that the engineering firm that was involved in designing the failed tailings facility in Canada was also involved in the design of the Rosemont facility, the Forest Service must reverse its rubber stamp approval of the mine and along with the other regulatory agencies, reject the Rosemont mine to ensure that what happened in Canada will not happen here,” Hartmann said. “There are some places that should not be mined and the Santa Rita Mountains are just such a place. ”
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas is a non-profit, community organization working to protect the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains from environmental degradation caused by mining and mineral exploration activities. For more information, go to ScenicSantaRitas.org or RosemontMineTruth.com.
For media coverage of the Mount Polley Mine:
            Vancouver Sun
            CBC News
            CTV News

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Press Release: November 27, 2013

Rosemont Mine "Not a Done Deal"

Forest Service admits it failed to address threats to southern Arizona environment and economy

(TUCSON, ARIZ)  The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it was posting the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Rosemont Mine on its website for public review. However, the Forest Service also indicated that it was not releasing the draft Record of Decision (ROD) until mid-December. The Forest Service will not issue a final decision until well into 2014 after the public has had an opportunity to review this latest proposal and the agency addresses any objections that are raised. In addition, there are other regulatory approvals that must be obtained before the mine can proceed, including a critical water permit that the EPA recently recommended be denied.

Canadian junior mining company Augusta Resource Corp., through its Rosemont Copper Co. subsidiary, is seeking approval to blast a mile-wide, half-mile deep open pit mine in the Santa Rita Mountains just south of Tucson. Augusta also wants permission to bury more than four square miles of the Coronado National Forest under 600-800 feet of potentially toxic mining wastes that threaten critical southern Arizona water supplies.

"Despite what Rosemont Copper would like its investors to believe, this mine is not a done deal, not even close" said Gayle Hartmann, President of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas. "Just this past week, we learned that EPA concluded that this project would cause a ‘substantial and unacceptable impact’ to critical watersheds. It’s rather remarkable that according to published reports, the Coronado National Forest Supervisor would admit they are rushing this analysis out the door without addressing such a critical issue.  And that's just one of the serious problems that local, state and federal agencies have told the Forest Service it needs to address. The damage this mine would cause to our water supplies, wildlife and economy is so serious that the Forest Service should have listened to its partner agencies and issued a new or revised analysis instead.”

In addition to the 120-day period for the Forest Service to review and address objections to its analysis and draft decision, Rosemont still needs multiple permits before they can begin blasting. Not only are Rosemont's state air and water pollution permits under appeal, but the company hasn't yet received a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers that would allow the dumping of mine wastes into area waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has veto authority over that permit, recently recommended that it be denied.  In a November 7 letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, EPA stated the Rosemont mine would have “substantial and unacceptable impact to aquatic resources of national importance, including the ‘Outstanding Waters’ of Davidson Canyon and Cienega Creek” and recommended that this permit be denied.

Moreover, the EPA, whose responsibilities include reviewing environmental impact statements undertaken pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), has been highly critical of the Forest Service's work on Rosemont. In 2012, EPA said that the original Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Rosemont was one of the weakest environmental studies for a major mining project ever submitted. EPA’s Region IX Administrator sent a letter to the Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch stating that the Rosemont’s DEIS was “environmentally unsatisfactory,” that pollution from the mine would pose an unacceptable “risk to human health and the environment” and that the Forest Service should correct the deficiencies by issuing a revised or supplemental DEIS.

“Throughout this entire process, the Forest Service has capitulated to Rosemont’s foreign owners and investors," said Gayle Hartmann, President of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas. "Meanwhile Rosemont, which is planning to ship the copper overseas, won't pay a dime in royalties to American taxpayers and will leave southern Arizonans to cope with the mine's devastating environmental and economic impacts. Because all of its negative consequences, we believe this mine will never happen.”


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