February 13, Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) today introduced the Hardrock Mining Reform and Reclamation Act of 2015 that would rewrite the 19th century law governing the mining of gold, copper, uranium and other hardrock minerals on federally managed lands.
In his Jan. 10 op-ed (Threats to US mining exemplified in Rosemont Copper delays), Dan McGroarty ridiculously complains about the mining industry’s regulatory burden in general, and the Rosemont mine proposal’s specifically. To boot, he claims my organization epitomizes mining obstructionism.
Mr. McGroarty’s complaints are outrageous because federal law requires the U.S. Forest Service to approve the Rosemont mine.
On Thursday, August Resources -- the backer of the widely opposed Rosemont Mine in southern Arizona -- announced it has received a key permit from the Coronado National Forest. They need this permit to mine the mile wide, half mile deep open pit copper deposit southeast of Tucson.
“We’re going underground now,” Mark said as the truck neared a landmark on a hillside. It marked the beginning of what might eventually be a waste rock dump at least 600 feet tall from the proposed Rosemont open pit copper mine in southeastern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. The visual was striking; I could imagine the expanse of this behemoth mine, with its dump stretching miles from one side to the other, covering the mountainside and its foothills, and the habitat of everything that had ever lived there. Included in the fallout zone was a once-productive ranch house, with corrals, water tanks, and trees – the ingredients for a sustainable, renewable economy. I was told that Augusta Resources – the Canadian junior mining company behind the idea – had already bought out the ranch, and now it was broken, lifeless.