As to the policies of older mines--I hold in my hand a magazine ad from 1969. It shows the ripping and scraping process for the Twin Buttes Mine and it's a very ugly photo, trust me. The caption is "100 Million Tons down--100 MillionTons to Go--to New Anaconda Copper"
The article states: "Anaconda crews, working around the clock at Twin Buttes, AZ, are midway in the biggest pre-production stripping job in history. giant scrapers, 100-ton dump trucks and conveyer belts more than a mile long are linked in the modern operation. In mid 1969 a large copper ore deposit will be ready for mining.
Copper in the earth's crust is plentiful. But to pry loose copper from LOW GRADE (emphasis mine)ore bodies you must be an expert. Anaconda is. We have the specialists bold enough and imaginative enough to do the job. New mines like this at Twin Buttes will yield the copper vital to the complex needs of a growing population and economy.
Here, twelve miles of dikes were built to hold waste from the concentrating operation. Along these dikes, we are planting native shrubs, grass and cacti to blend with the landscape. Anaconda's NEW, BOLD approach(emphasis mine)to mine development at the Twin Buttes project includes a healthy concern for our neighbors."
Does any of this sound familiar? Is anything growing at this, now out of production mine, now owned by Freeport McMoran? What about the two pit lakes. I'm now looking at a Google Earth photo and I see nothing but a wasteland with two pits of, no doubt, polluted water.
Rosemont Mine will be the same. Nothing will grow on those tailings piles. Nothing will grow in that top soil without lots of water. Besides the top soil is less than 12 inches and much of that would erode, awaiting use to cap the waste piles. The area would never be reclaimed.
Reclamation is a hoax, the same as that claimed by Anaconda in 1969.
My friends and neighbors do not support Rosemont Copper and no one who is truly informed would support Rosemont unless they hope to profit...at the expense of my friends and neighbors.
White Stetson...Are you insinuating that those who oppose Rosemont Mine are "living off the good will and charity of our nation?" What a ridiculous and uninformed statement! Is one to conclude that you consider social security--- charity? OR do you assume that those opposed to this mine are on welfare and food stamps? What is your point?
As for the unreasonable voices in the "choir," rest assured that those folks have also been studying Rosemont Copper longer than your two year time frame! Opposition opinions are based on facts most of which are contained in the Mine Plan of Operations. We have "looked at this horse very carefully" also, and we have heard the misinformation straight from the horse's mouth! We have seen through the corporate image this company tries to project, including the community contributions, all to enhance that image. You have simply elected to drink the Rosemont kool-aid while we have not. We know the negative effects this mine would have on our community--- and we recognize propaganda when we see and hear it.
Are mining companies not required to operate responsibly if they are mining in a third world country? Are they only responsible if the law requires it? Is there no corporate code of ethics among mining companies?
How would copper mined by an American subsidiary of a Canadian company affect the US trade
What can Rosemont Copper do about the one square mile 2900 ft deep hole in the Santa Ritas that would "raise the environmental standard of mining operations?" The same question for the mountain of waste rock and tailings covering 3500 acres of Public Land. I've seen the "after" rendition of the "reclamation" and I see nothing there to suggest a "higher environmental standard." As for Arizona history, we are reaping the results of that history now with polluted mines seeping toxic fluids, 350,000 acres of tailings piles blowing in the wind throughout the state, boom/bust ghost towns, polluted streams and aquifers---mining is not the most important pillar of the AZ economy today and Tucson is seeking more tech and medical business investment,along with tourism. Spoiling the beautiful landscapes is akin to killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Rosemont jobs would come at great cost to local economies and to the environment and to an area enjoyed by the public on a regular basis, including portions of the Arizona Trail which would be buried by the waste piles! The Rosemont deposit is low quality as evidenced by the ratio of ore to waste rock---1.9 billion tons of waste for 600 million tons of copper- bearing ore over the life of the mine. This mine at Rosemont Junction is a bad idea and I have also heard that stated by former miners! Mine the reserves at other mines in valid mining districts where the environment has already been destroyed!
az lightfighter---time to remove your rose colored glasses. What you "see" is not reality. Rosemont has a few solar panels for "show and tell." The power to operate the mine would come from new transmission lines coming from the west side over the mountains to the mine. Nine million gallons of diesel fuel will be burned each year to support the operation. Twenty thousand tons of ammonium nitrate will be exploded each year. The land will not be scarred for generations to come? Exactly what do you think a square mile wide 2900 ft deep pit will do to the land and how about the 3500 acres of waste rock and tailings--ALL on Public Land? I doubt that you have seen the Rosemont artist's rendition of AFTER conservation. The entire area will be forever ugly or scarred which ever you prefer. Rosemont Copper only invests in the community now for PR and image purposes. As for "political BS" Rosemont Copper certainly supports any politician who will take their campaign contributions.
Webster's definition of propaganda----any systematic, widespread dissemination or promotion of particular ideas, doctrines, practices,etc. to further one's own cause or to damage an opposing one.
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