Pima County spends big, working overtime to kill Rosemont Copper Mineby Hugh Holub on Mar. 20, 2011, under economy, environment water and energy, politics
By Hugh Holub
Here is another example why Pima County has become famous for being anti-economic development: As most everyone knows, county leaders are virulently opposed to the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine on the east side of the Santa Rita Mountains.
On March 9, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry issued another lengthy screed against the mine project entitled “Proposed Rosemont Mine – Three Dimensional Model for Public Education Unknown Mitigation, Comparatively Low Tex Rates and High Profitability.”
Business leaders ought to read this to appreciate just how far Pima County will go to trash a multi-billion dollar investment in the region.
At the conclusion the report states: “Although election results are only one way to measure the values and views of a community, they do provide an indicator as to what a community desires. This community has consistently voted for conservation of our natural and cultural resources for over 30 years. Any mine proposal of this magnitude in this location is inconsistent with this ethic.”
However, the report fails to note the privately owned property where the Rosemont copper deposit is located was not included on the list of target properties Pima wanted to acquire with its open space bond issue. And the report fails to note that when offered the property by the former owner, Pima County rejected it. …
….It’s time taxpayers started asking: How much taxpayer money is Pima County going to spend to try to kill billions of dollars of investment in this region?