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

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Pima County has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Rosemont Copper Co. is in violation of the county’s outdoor lighting regulations by failing to submit a lighting plan for exploratory drilling at Rosemont’s proposed mine site in the Coronado National Forest.

The county alleges in a lawsuit filed in Pima County Superior Court that Rosemont’s failure to submit the plan is in ‘stark conflict” with the company’s “commitment to the community to voluntarily comply with the Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code,” the Arizona Daily Star is reporting. Rosemont makes the pledge on its website.

Pima County enacted the outdoor lighting code  in 2012 to “protect access to
the dark night sky” and support “astronomical activities” among other intended purposes.

The adverse impacts of the lighting and dust created by Rosemont’s proposed open pit project to the world-class astronomy research facilities located nearby have long been a concern of mine opponents. According to a 2007 University Arizona study, astronomical research contributes over $250 million a year and 3,000 jobs to Arizona’s economy. Continue reading

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

Hudbay Minerals is stating it intends to keep its 777 Mine in Flin Flon, Manitoba operating despite a pending strike by 200 union workers scheduled to begin Saturday, according to news reports.

Rob Winton, Vice-President of Hudbay’s Manitoba Business Unit, said the company’s contingency plans are ready and will be enacted once union members walk off the job,  The Reminder is reporting.

Winton told the Flin Flon newspaper that a strike “would be irresponsible and against the interests of the company, the employees, the towns and even the striking employees.”

According to the Reminder, Hudbay is set to bring in replacement workers to try and break the looming strike at the 777 mine and two other mines near Snow Lake by the International Association of Machinists, Local 1848. Continue reading

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More trouble for Mexico mine, work stopped because of toxic waste spill

Local farmers have joined forces with striking miners in stopping work at the Buenavista de Cobre open-pit copper mine near Canenea, Sonora, MX. The mine is owned by Grupo Mexico and is reportedly the second largest in the world.

Heavy rains last August resulted in the collapse of a tailings dam that unleashed a toxic runoff of contaminated mine waste including sulfuric acid and heavy metals into the headwaters of the Rio Sonora. The watershed provides drinking and irrigation water to the residents in northern Sonora.

According to Al Jazeera, striking miners, and Rio Sonora farmers  shut down the groundwater wells used by the mine resulting in a sharp reduction in mining operations.

In August of last year, a leading mining industry publication said that collapse of tailing dams at Buenavista and Mt. Polley in British Columbia, CA “[serve] as a reminder of why lengthy permitting and environmental approval processes are necessary for mine construction…” similar to the process currently underway at the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest south of Tucson.

 

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Hudbay scraps Rosemont copper reserves estimate

Hudbay Minerals has reclassified the amount of copper at its proposed Rosemont mine made by former owner Augusta Resource Corporation as “historical estimates” rather than as current mineral reserves.

“A qualified person has not done sufficient work for us to classify Rosemont’s mineral reserves or resources as current mineral reserves or resources,” the Toronto-based company stated in its Annual Information Form for 2014 released on March 30.

The lack of a “qualified person” raises questions over Augusta’s previous feasibility studies that provided resource estimates for the proposed open pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.

Augusta’s feasibility studies released in 2007, 2009 and 2012 were required to meet Canadian regulatory standards by having a “qualified person” make resource estimates. Continue reading

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Hudbay fails to disclose permit revocation in financial filings

Hudbay Minerals does not disclose in its most recent financial filings that an Arizona court on March 6 revoked the air pollution permit for its proposed $1.5 billion Rosemont copper project.

Hudbay has not issued any press releases concerning the permit revocation nor did the Toronto-based company disclose the fact in its Annual Information Form released on March 30.

Instead, Hudbay’s annual financial disclosure statement submitted to Canadian and U.S. regulators makes an affirmative statement that there only two outstanding permits needed, neither of which is the air permit.

“The remaining required key permits are the final Record of Decision from the U.S. Forest Service and the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” Hudbay’s AIF states. Continue reading

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