Federal Politicians Apply Pressure for Rosemont Copperby Robert Harris on Oct. 04, 2011, under politics, Rosemont copper
August 19, 2011 a letter was sent to the Hon. Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture with a carbon copy addressed to Tom Tidwell, chief of the United States forest service. The letter was prepared and signed by Sen. Jon Kyle, Sen. John McCain and Congressman Jeff Flake.
It seems rather unusual that a Congressman from Arizona congressional district 6 would sign the letter concerning a project that is not in his district. It also seems rather unusual that Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords was not furnished a copy of the letter. The proposed open pit copper mine is in Arizona congressional district 8, Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords district.
One of the comments in the letter, “In order to ensure that the Forest Service avoids any further delays in the EIS review process, we respectfully request you provide us with a clear and delineable schedule for the release of the draft EIS.”
Another comment in the letter, “although we understand the complexity of the project may have warranted revisions to your timetables, it is difficult to understand why the forest service continues to push back the release date of the draft EIS.”
I have contacted Sen. Kyle’s Phoenix and the Washington DC office, Sen. McCain’s Tucson and Washington DC office, Congressman Flake’s Phoenix and Washington DC office, Sec. Tom Vilsack of the United States Department of Agriculture Washington DC office and Tom Tidwell’s Washington DC office for the United States Forest Service.I have received no response or acknowledgment to my questions concerning the letter.
Perhaps Congressman Jeff Flake’s endorsement and cosigning of the letter was influenced by the $6000 donated to his campaign fund for the Senate race that came from two executive employees of Augusta resource. One example would be on May 13, 2011 chief executive officer Gilmore Clausen made two separate donations, each $2500, to the Jeff flake for Senate Incorporated. That does raise a question concerning a foreign national donating money to a federal election. In addition to that $6000 an additional $3000 was donated by three employees of Rosemont Copper to the Jeff Flake for Senate Incorporated. that brought the total to $9000 for Jeff Flake’s campaign for Senate given to him by either a Rosemont copper or Augusta resource executive.