U.S. Forest Service is holding several upcoming public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement they issued in October:
•November 19, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ
•December 1, 2011, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Corona Foothills Middle School, 16705 S. Houghton Road, Corona, AZ
•December 7, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Benson High School, 360 S. Patagonia Street, Benson, AZ
•December 10, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Elgin Elementary School, 23 Elgin Rd., Elgin, AZ
I attended the first public hearing yesterday at Palo Verde High School, where the audience of about 300 people were overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed mine in the Santa Rita Mts. The pro-mine speakers (which I heard) said that the Southern AZ economy needed these mining jobs, and that Augusta Resources was working with the U.S. Forest Service to obtain the necessary permits and plan for reclamation of the tailings.
For my previous blog about the draft Enviromental Impact Statement (click here.)
You can comment at these public hearings orally or in writing, online (click here), by phone toll free at (888) 654-6646, or by mail to:
P.O. Box 4207
Logan, UT 84323
Written comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (435) 750-8799 and by electronic mail (e-mail) to CoronadoNF@RosemontEIS.us. The subject line of facsimiles and e-mails should include the words “Rosemont Copper Project DEIS”. E-mail attachments should be in Word (.docx), rich-text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf).
Comments are requested by 1/18/2012.
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR) is the coaliton group in opposition to the proposed mine and they are having workshops about the draft EIS. One is today in Elgin at 2 p.m. and below is their schedule of these workshops. Go to their website, http://www.scenicsantaritas.org/action.
November 13, 2-3:30pm
Elgin Community Club, 475 Elgin Road, Elgin
(sponsored by Mountain Empire Action Alliance)
December 5th, 6:30-8 pm
Cady Hall – 346 Duquesne Ave. Patagonia, AZ
December 9th, 1:30 pm
Green Valley American Legion Hall – 1560 W. Duval Mine Rd. Green Valley
December 11th, 7 pm
Quail Creek – Madera Clubhouse ballroom – 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., Green Valley
Stay tuned for any additional public hearing notices by the U.S. Forest Service.