Environmental report on Rosemont delayed until Augustby Hugh Holub on Apr. 14, 2011, under environment water and energy, politics, rosemont mine
Tony Davis over at the Arizona Daily Star reports:
After two years of delays, the U.S. Forest Service plans to release a draft environmental report on the proposed Rosemont Mine near Tucson in August and make a decision on the hard-fought project in January.
The service’s announcement comes after four delays of the release of the environmental report, originally scheduled for spring 2009. It was first delayed to fall 2009, and then until April 2010. It was then pushed back to end of 2010 and then again until now.
The environmental impact statement has long been seen as one of the most critical points in the lengthy review of the copper project.
Davis’ article notes:
Gayle Hartmann, an environmentalist who has led opposition to the mine, said she was not surprised about the August release date, because “word on the street” had been that August or September would be the date.
But she said the final decision timetable seems rushed, because it won’t give the service much time to review public comments before deciding, said Hartmann, president of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas.
Anyone doubt the “delay as a form of denial” is the campaign here….