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Approval of Rosemont mine highlights need for federal mining law reform

March 8, 2019
Background: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it would soon permit the Rosemont copper mine southeast of Tucson, Arizona. Partially sited on federally managed public lands in the scenic Santa Rita Mountains in the Sonoran Desert’s sky island ecosystem, federal… More »
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Group Letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding oil and gas leasing in Arizona

July 3, 2018
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Comments re: Gunnison Copper Project Class III Draft Underground Injection Control Permit

January 4, 2018 • Earthworks
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Forest Service begins Oak Flat environmental review

May 6, 2016 • Pete Dronkers

The passage of the Oak Flat Land Exchange -- that terrible piece of legislation buried within the depths of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act -- was the last major piece of news regarding the proposed Resolution Copper Mine near Superior, Arizona.  This is the mine that would destroy the publicly owned Oak Flat -- the area sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the place used for decades by rock climbers, campers and hikers.  

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Scoping Comments for the Resolution Copper Mine DEIS

March 29, 2016 • Earthworks
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Save Oak Flat Brochure

October 30, 2015 • Earthworks
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Oak Flat Map

October 30, 2015 • Earthworks
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Comments on Chi’chil Bildagoteel Historic District National Register Nomination

June 29, 2015 • Earthworks, et al
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Oak Flat/Apache Leap

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHPBilliton (the two biggest metal mining companies in the world, by annual revenue and market capitalization) is proposing to mine copper ore deep underneath Oak Flat, near the town of Superior, an hour east of Phoenix.  The copper deposit lies partially underneath the Oak Flat Campground, a unique and sacred place that was protected in the 1950’s from mining.  Because Congress originally protected the area, it required an act of Congress to overturn this protection and hand over the land title to a private mining company.

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Hermosa Mine proposal: water impacts fact sheet

October 28, 2014 • Earthworks

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The Hermosa Mine Proposal: Potential impacts to Patagonia’s water supply

October 28, 2014 • Pete Dronkers

The 4,000-foot wide and 1,500-foot deep open-pit silver and manganese mine proposed by Wildcat Silver in southeastern Arizona threatens both the quantity & quality of area water supplies.

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Mine proposal could deplete southeast Arizona town’s drinking water aquifer

October 28, 2014 • Earthworks

Patagonia – The Hermosa silver mine proposed inside Patagonia, Arizona’s Municipal Supply Watershed could deplete the town’s drinking water and perpetually contaminate area groundwater with acid mine drainage, according to a new peer-reviewed report. Reviewed by a USGS scientist and released by the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance and Earthworks, the study also concludes that drinking water wells of surrounding residents are also threatened.

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Scoping Comments on Resolution Baseline Hydrological & Geotechnical Data Gathering Activities:

June 23, 2014 • Earthworks, et al
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Comments on Draft EA, Hermosa Drilling Project

April 11, 2014 • Earthworks et al.
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Rosemont Environmental Letter

January 13, 2014 • Earthworks et. al.