Friday, December 11, 2015
InvestigativeMEDIA turns its unflinching focus on Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its controversial plans to construct the massive Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson. InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years. He then turns to Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial. Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protesters angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement. Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed.A few points of full disclosure: The film was paid for by Farmers Investment Company, which owns pecan groves in Sahuarita and whose owners, Dick and Nan Walden, are opposed the plan for a mile-wide open-pit mine in the Santa Ritas, although they did not have editorial input into the film. Dougherty's journalism nonprofit, the Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism, serves as a fiscal sponsor for your Skinny scribe's own nonprofit, the Arizona Watchdog Alliance, which funds Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel. Dougherty talks about the latest on the Rosemont project with me ahead of the documentary as part of the hour-long special edition of Zona Politics.