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From Sahuarita and Green Valley, take a look at the northwestern view of the Santa Rita Mountains these days to see what Canadian-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. is exploring on its mining claims, putting in access roads that already are changing the water flow and wildlife corridors there.
Yes, Arizona is a mining state, but the impacts of this preliminary plan for this 44-year copper mining complex includes seven open pit mines in the first 16 years, removing much of the ridgelines of Weigles and Hart buttes.
Another crucial impact: the Copper World Mine Complex will increase precious water consumption by 400 percent compared to the original Rosemont-only plan. According to Save the Scenic Santa Rita Association, all the water would be pumped from Hudbay’s well field in Sahuarita and be sent by a pipeline to the Hudbay mine facilities off of Santa Rita Road on the northwest side of the mountain.
In late 2019, Hudbay suspended the Well Protection Program Master Agreement it inherited from Augusta Resources, which provided some well maintenance coverage for the 313 families and 144 residential wells in East Sahuarita. To date, Hudbay has not resumed that coverage. Most of these residential wells are less than 400 feet deep, while two Hudbay wells are 1,227 and 1,307 feet deep. Will Hudbay keep its agreement or ignore the longtime Sahuarita Heights residents as its mine complex relies entirely on that groundwater?
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas in October requested a public hearing with the office of the Arizona State Mine Inspector, alleging it improperly approved Hudbay’s Rosemont/Copper World Mine Complex.
See Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher’s latest memorandum to the Board of Supervisors regarding the Copper World Complex from September 14, 2022:
Recharging CAP water
Re: the March 15 letter “Rosemont recharge of CAP water.”
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Stu Williams, Executive Director Save The Scenic Santa Ritas
April 4, 2022
Letter: We need Rosemont Mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Robert Robak
March 28, 2022
Letter: Rosemont Mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Brian McCarthy
March 6, 2022
Letter: No on the Rosemont Mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Paul Reese
March 5, 2022
Letter: Yes on the Rosemont Mine
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by James Tuthill
March 1, 2022
Tucson, CAP and Rosemont tangle over water storage
Bud Foster, KOLD News
February 23, 2022
Rosemont Mine project faces pushback over water storage
David Abbott, Arizona Mirror
February 18, 2022
Rosemont Mine is health threat
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Elaine Wolter
February 13, 2022
US mining and exploration Snapshot: Eight companies with big plans
Marilyn Scales, The Northern Miner
February 11, 2022
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by S. Murphy
February 9, 2022
Pascua Yaqui chairman calls on Congress to fund ‘critical’ water infrastructure
Camila Pedrosa, Cronkite News
Feb 8, 2022
Pending Supreme Court case could undercut regulation of Rosemont Mine
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
February 8, 2022
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Stan Hart
February 6, 2022
Letter: Proposed new mines in Santa Rita
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Dave Gamrath
February 4, 2022
Support the mine
Green Valley News Letter to the Editor by Robert B. Robinson
February 2, 2022
Tucson digs in against Rosemont copper mine in a dispute over a water storage project
Zayna Syed, Arizona Republic
January 31, 2022
Water for Foreigners
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor by Diane Stephenson
January 18, 2022
Rosemont gets approval to store CAP water in basins south of Tucson, over city’s objections
Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
January 8, 2022
Mayor Romero objects to Rosemont Mine water storage in facility owned partially by city
Phil Villarreal, KGUN 9 News
January 7, 2022
We hope you join us (via Zoom): January 15th, 2pm – Symposium on The Copper World Mining Project and Community Health in the Santa Cruz Valley.
This event is presented by The Democratic Club of Quail Creek (DCQC)
About the symposium:
In September 2021, Hudbay Minerals Inc. announced their interest in extracting minerals from a copper sulphide and oxide mineralization deposit at its Copper World site located on private land on the northwest side of Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. The results from exploratory drilling completed in June 2021, suggest the possibility of seven deposits at the Copper World site.
The Democratic Club of Quail Creek will expand its January meeting for a symposium on Copper World and related Rosemont issues. The meeting will be on Saturday, January 15th, and participation will be fully virtual.
The symposium will include an update on mining proposals in the northern Santa Ritas, discussions on the impact of mining on the Tohono O’odham of the San Xavier District and all communities in the Santa Cruz Valley, the potential for pollution and draw down of the local aquifer, the decline of air quality, the health consequences to the local residents, and the impact on habitat biodiversity.
Speakers will include Austin Nuñez, Chairman, San Xavier District, Tohono O’odham Nation; Charles Stack, Vice-president, NeoChloris, Inc.; Gayle Hartmann, President, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas; John Murphy (Democratic Club of Quail Creek & Field Museum).
To participate, simply click here to pre-register and join the discussion.
We hope to see you there!