In the wake of taking control of Augusta Resource Corp. and its Rosemont Copper Company subsidiary, Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals is already looking to expand its planned industrial mining operations in the Santa Rita Mountains to other sites in Southern Arizona, Hudbay President and CEO David Garofalo told the Green Valley News & Sun editorial board this week.
“What attracts us to Arizona is it is an historic copper district, it’s copper country,” Garofalo said in a meeting Tuesday with the Green Valley News.
“Our geologists and geophysicists salivate over the potential within this district, and our objective, in addition to building Rosemont, is…to start to accumulate property positions, hopefully within spitting distance of the industrial complex we’ll build at Rosemont, so that we can continue to extend the life of that, and keep high-paying jobs for the foreseeable future,” Garofalo said.
Hudbay has a long history of establishing an industrial toehold in a region and then constructing numerous mines in the immediate area that often operate for decades. The company’s primary mining operations have been centered in the small town of Flin Flon, Manitoba, about 475 miles north-northeast of Winnipeg on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border.
Hudbay operated an antiquated, highly-polluting copper smelter in Flin Flon for 80 years before closing it in 2010. Pollution from the smelter and other mining operations has contaminated the soil in the community, leading to a series of studies to test for lead and other metals in children. Continue reading