Southern Arizona Doesn’t Want Another Mine!
See our Endorsements page for a full list of businesses, organizations, clubs and groups endorsing our efforts to protect our public lands from mining.
The public opposition in and around Tucson is strong! The opposition comes in many forms, and includes most of the surrounding area’s elected officials and jurisdictions:
- Congressman Raul Grijalva and former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
- Former and current State legislators Paula Aboud, Tim Bee, David Bradley, Olivia Cajero-Bedford, Steve Farley, Matt Heinz, Phil Lopes, Marian McClure, Jonathan Paton, Daniel Patterson, and Nancy Young Wright
- Pima and Santa Cruz Counties
- City of Tucson
- Towns of Patagonia and Sahuarita
- San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham, the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Hopi Tribe
“Southern Arizonans from every political persuasion are united in their opposition to the Rosemont Copper project. We will not allow Augusta to destroy our beloved Santa Rita Mountains. Augusta wants to make the Santa Ritas, hot, flat and dry.”
– Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll
Nearly every jurisdiction and political body in Southern Arizona have passed a resolution opposing mining in the Santa Rita Mountains. Here are their resolutions.
1997 Resolutions Opposing mining at Rosemont Ranch
Here’s what high school student, Kara Gibson from Greenwood Springs, Colorado, had to say after her flight over the Santa Rita Mountains (November 10, 2007):
“The Santa Ritas are some of the most exquisite mountains … The landscape has a dreamlike quality, populated as it is by agave, mesquite, cacti of many descriptions, tall grasses, and funny yucca that resemble diminutive palm trees … Alas, a significant portion of this magnificent country may swiftly fall prey to an open-pit mine, courtesy of the 1872 Mining Law and the Augusta Resource Corp. …Could such splendid wilderness really be sacrificed in favor of toxic Technicolor lakes and tailings piles? I urge you … to take action to prevent this woeful occurrence. Open-pit mines are not a pretty sight, even from 1,000 feet.”