Mr. Ted Crisboi argues the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do more to protect American natural resources.
Richard Govern argues that the state of Arizona accommodates the mining industry and foreign investors while Arizona residents get left holding the bag: depleted groundwater, polluted air and water, and millions of tons of tailings and waste rock. That doesn’t sound like a fair deal to us, either.
Water, not copper, our most vital resource
Letter to the editor | Arizona Daily Star | March 15, 2012
Re: the March 3 column “We’re Rosemont, and we have a mile-wide crater to sell you.”
David Fitzsimmons called it a satire, but it was right on target.
Southern Arizonans know that our most important resource is water, not copper. We also know that our real treasures are the Sonoran Desert and our Sky Island Mountains.
Fortunately for us, with each passing day, it is more unlikely that we will have to witness the destruction of the northern Santa Ritas. The Environmental Protection Agency has called the Draft Environmental Impact Statement one of the worst it has ever seen. Potential violations of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act are among the worst offenses.
The proposed mine would likely cause permanent damage to the water quantity and quality in Cienega Creek and Davidson Canyon and also give us dirty air. No amount of cash lavished on local good causes by Rosemont will eliminate these devastating impacts.
So, let’s not despair. The Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act are the law of the land for a reason: to protect us from disasters such as this proposed open-pit copper mine.
President, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Tucson
Rosemont Mine satire proves informative
Letter to the editor | Arizona Daily Star | March 12, 2012
Re: the March 3 column “We’re Rosemont, and we have a mile-wide crater to sell to you.”
Many thanks to the Star and to David Fitzsimmons for his excellent satire on the proposed Rosemont Mine. It is critical that people wake up and fully comprehend how destructive this project would be to the Arizona environment we so cherish and rely on.
Retired secretary, Tucson
Jobs can’t make up for ruined beauty
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor | July 20, 2011
What are people thinking? Are they just succumbing to the money Rosemont Mine has poured into our community to buy our support? Or, enjoying the view of our mines to the south, thinking that “look” would be great in the Santa Ritas, too?
Two managers at McDonald’s tell me that the average McDonald’s employs the equivalent of 50 workers doing eight-hour shifts.
Wouldn’t you rather have eight new McDonald’s than a scar that will never heal on our beautiful mountains? OK, miners earn more; so 16, 24 … ?
Why are we considering selling our future for 400 jobs? Especially when those jobs will cripple a portion of our tourism industry and deplete and pollute our precious water!
Retired TUSD teacher, Tucson
Rosemont Mine endangers grandkids
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor | July 14, 2011
There is an endangered species that has not been considered in any of the deliberations regarding the establishment of the Rosemont Mine.
That endangered species is the grandchildren of the present residents of Southeastern Arizona.
For the want of relatively few and very likely, short-duration jobs, we the people and our governmental agencies seem to consider our grandchildren a small sacrifice for short-term economic gains.
Why are they endangered? To name just one: water – its quality and its availability. Without adequate amounts of quality water, the economic infrastructure of Southeastern Arizona dries up.
Less water means higher water bills. Poor water quality is a health hazard. Quality of life declines. Families move on; businesses and jobs leave.
Allowing the Rosemont Mine is a major step in that unfortunate direction.
Promises by Rosemont are empty. With a change of corporate ownership or bankruptcy – all such promises no longer apply.
If they are still around, our grandkids will have to foot the bill to clean up the mess – if even possible – that we allowed to be created.
Don’t spoil Santa Ritas
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor | July 12, 2011
If anyone wants to know what the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains will look like if the Rosemont Mine is opened, all they have to do is drive south along I-19 and look west. In the Sahuarita-Green Valley area, they will see miles of mine tailings piled hundreds of feet high.
Pump millions of gallons of precious water, ruin the surroundings, displace animals for what? Four hundred temporary (20-year) jobs, with the profits going to the Canadian company, Augusta Resource Corp., that owns them. Certainly not worth desecrating our American landscape.
John E. Lutzel
Save the Santa Ritas
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor | July 8, 2011
Re: the July 1 article ” ‘Irretrievable loss’ at mine site.”
Hopefully people of Tucson and the surrounding areas will take a long, hard look at the devastation that the Rosemont Copper Mine will create in the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. Please weigh this devastation against the small economic gain this mine will create.
Once this mountain is destroyed, it will never return to what it is now in spite of all the wonderful plans Rosemont Copper wants us to believe in their expensive media campaign.
Get involved and save this part of Southern Arizona for future generations as they take the beautiful drive on Highway 83 to Sonoita and Patagonia. If you have never taken this drive, please do so soon.
Thank you for publishing those pictures on your front page.
Mining pollutes, destroys scenery
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor | July 7, 2011
Re: the July 1 article ” ‘Irretrievable loss’ at mine site.”
Kudos to Tony Davis for bringing this issue front and center. The scenic impact would be devastating to the entire area, not to mention significant loss of groundwater, dust, air and noise pollution and a negative impact of tourism.
Rosemont spokesmen seem to have quick solutions to complex issues like revegetation of tailings and dust, while experienced mining companies continue to wrestle with these same issues with very limited success.
Just take a look at the hideous tailings in Green Valley, particularly on a windy day.
Mine truck traffic would have a profound impact on Arizona 83. But rail cars loaded with ore bound for Mexico would have a profound impact on Green Valley as they make their way south to the border.
Enough is enough! It is essential that the beauty and tranquillity of this area be left intact for current and future generations to enjoy!
Retired, Green Valley
Forest Service study suggests glum future
Arizona Daily Star Letter to the Editor | July 3, 2011
Re: the July 1 article “Forest Service foresees huge scenic impact over Rosemont’s projected life.”
Thanks to the Star and the Forest Service for showing us graphically what the Rosemont mine would look like.
It’s sad that we, as a people, come to this myopic view. Is this the 19th century? Beaten down by the abuses of the recession, are we reduced to this diminished vision for Tucson’s future? Another dusty former mining town?
And have we asked the mountains and valleys, here since before people set foot in the area, have we asked them what they want? What they are worth? Do they ask to be pounded into piles of dust? What of the plants and animals, part of a miracle much greater than the smelting of metals can ever be? What do they say?
Is there no better vision of the future to compete with this? Can we even imagine a beautiful future for all of us?
Research biologist, Tucson