Environmental group initiates legal action challenging federal Endangered Species Act ruling on Rosemont mine plan


A Tucson-environmental group sent notice Wednesday it intends to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s “biological opinion” issued in April that concluded the proposed Rosemont mine would not jeopardize the survival of a dozen threatened and endangered species, including the nation’s only known wild jaguar.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed the required 60-day notice of intent to sue under the Endangered Species Act challenging the service’s biological opinion that removes a major obstacle in Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc.’s plans to build the Rosemont open-pit copper mine.

“The Rosemont mine would be a fatal blow for an array of plants and animals already teetering on the brink of extinction,” says CBD conservation advocate Randy Serraglio.

“Jaguars can’t survive without water and neither can the endangered fish and frogs living in the area’s creeks and springs,” Serraglio states. “The fact is, there’s no way they’ll be able to escape Rosemont’s destruction.” Continue reading

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Crucial Rosemont federal water permit decision expected within weeks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will make a permitting decision in the next few weeks on Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc.’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for its proposed Rosemont copper project southeast of Tucson, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Hudbay must obtain the CWA Section 404 permit before construction could begin on the $1.5 billion open-pit copper mine that would be built in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest.

Hudbay has submitted a mitigation plan to the Army Corps to compensate for the destruction of rare desert wetlands from the proposed mine. Hudbay’s plan”would protect four parcels of more than 4,800 acres at a $48 million cost,” the Daily Star reports.

Neither the Corps nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has veto power over Corps 404 permits and has been sharply critical of earlier mitigation plans, would comment on Hudbay’s mitigation plan, the newspaper states. Continue reading

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Documentary critical of Hudbay Minerals begins Canadian tour

According to a press release from Investigative Media, “Flin Flon Flim Flam“, a documentary film critical of Hudbay Minerals’ worldwide operations and plans for the Rosemont mine, will make its Canadian premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.20160520_FFFF-Toronto-v2-copy

The Toronto screening opens a 13-city tour across Canada including Montreal on May 25, Ottawa on May 26 and concluding in Victoria, B.C. on July 15.

“Hudbay has a long history of tightly controlling information released to the media and the public under Canada’s right to reputation law,” Arizona investigative journalist and filmmaker John Dougherty said in the release.

“This film produced in the United States provides a rare glimpse into the operations of one of Canada’s oldest mining companies without the threat of a defamation lawsuit that has been used by Canadian mining companies to stop publication of critical information in Canada,” he says. Continue reading

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Hudbay reduces spending on Rosemont as permitting decision looms

Hudbay Minerals Inc. said it will sharply reduce spending on its proposed Rosemont copper mine for the remainder of 2016.

“Capital expenditures in Arizona on the Rosemont project are expected to decline substantially over the balance of 2016,” the company stated in its Management Discussion & Analysis report for the 1st Quarter.

The reduced spending comes at the same time as major permitting decisions are looming including the crucial U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision on whether to issue a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit for the mine.

In an unusual action since acquiring the Rosemont project in July 2014, Hudbay did not mention Rosemont in a press release announcing the company’s release of its quarterly financial results.

The Toronto-based company reports spending $11.5 million in the 1st Quarter on the Rosemont prospect in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest 30 miles southeast of Tucson. Continue reading

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Canadian lawmaker seeks increased scrutiny on mining industry in wake of NY Times story on Hudbay Minerals

Spurred by Sunday’s front-page New York Times story on Hudbay Minerals’ alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala, the entire Canadian mining industry is coming under increased scrutiny by Canadian lawmakers.

Liberal MP (Member of Parliament) John McKay is calling for stricter oversight of Canadian mining companies abroad as plaintiffs increasingly look to Canadian courts to seek justice, according to an April 5 story in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

“These unwelcome instances keep on coming up,” McKay said in an interview after the Times story shone a harsh spotlight on Hudbay accused of serious crimes in Guatemala, the Globe and Mail reported.

“And not only does the mining company suffer brand problems, so also does the industry suffer brand problems, and so also does our nation suffer brand problems …. It has been and continues to be a bit of a black eye on our country,” the Toronto newspaper quoted McKay as saying. Continue reading

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