Request that Pima County work with Rosemont is probably dead on arrivalby Hugh Holub on Jun. 17, 2011, under environment water and energy, politics
The following press release was issued by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance asking Pima County to collaborate with the Rosemont mining company:
by Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jun. 16, 2011, under Press Release
TUCSON (June 8, 2011) – The Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) is dedicated to advocating for responsible development in the Pima County metropolitan area by collaboratively working through various public processes. As active participants of the community, the MPA Board of Directors (Board) performed its due diligence in becoming educated on the various issues surrounding the Rosemont Copper Mine. First, MPA hosted a breakfast in which both Rosemont Copper Mine and its opponents presented their respective positions. Following this meeting, members of the Board and staff toured the mining site, viewed the County mine model, and separately met with Rosemont Copper Mine representatives as well as Pima County staff members.
Knowing the Mine will create jobs and generate millions of dollars annually during its 20-year life, the Board insists that the years beyond the Mine’s lifespan are just as important as the immediate benefit the Mine will have on our community. Recognizing that Rosemont Copper Mine presented a reclamation plan, the Board believes the Mine is making a good faith effort to be good stewards of the environment. Furthermore, the direct revenue to the County, and the number of jobs created, is significant for our community.
After careful consideration of the economic benefits and possible environmental implications of the Mine, the Board of Directors votes to support the mining operations as proposed by Rosemont Copper Mine. However, as an organization that works to facilitate collaborative processes, we urge representatives of the Mine and Pima County to work together in creating a reasonable and balanced reclamation plan in which the concerns and issues of both parties are carefully considered.
Copper mining has always been one of our State’s core industries while also establishing itself as a necessary commodity for our everyday lives. The County has the opportunity to embrace the economic benefits of the Mine while constructively engaging with Rosemont Copper Mine representatives to ensure the environmental and residential concerns of the Mine are addressed. We encourage Pima County to partner with Rosemont Copper Mine and work towards a mutually beneficial resolution.
MPA welcomes the opportunity to assist in reaching common ground.
Please contact Executive Director Amber Smith for additional information.
Mission: “Metropolitan Pima Allianceis dedicated to advocating responsible development in the Pima County metropolitan area and furthering the interests of the real estate and development industry through education, public policy advocacy and networking.”
COMMENT: Pima County and espcially County Supervisor Ray Carroll and County Adminstartor Chuck Huckelberry and his staff have made it their life mission to block the Rosemont mine project.
The chances of Pima officials now sitting down and trying to work collaboratively with Rosemont are right up there with peace breaking out between Israel and Palestine.
The folks in the region should be asking several questions right now about the vehemence of Pima County’s fight against Rosemont:
How much taxpayer money has Pima spent to date fighting Rosemont?
What is the relationship between Ray Carroll and mine opponent Nan Walden, the Center for Biological Diversity and Save the Scenic Santa Ritas? Like disclose all letters and emails Carroll has sent or received relating to Rosemont.
What is the relationship betwen Chuck Huckelberry and his staff with Walden, CBD and SSSR? Same thing…disclose all letters and emails sent and received relating to Rosemont.
What about meetings between County officials and staff with mine opponents?
And…before I forget…someone really needs to look at all the threats Mr. Carroll has made to folks who support the mine or even dare to publish the mine’s ads…like the Green Valley News.
I strongly suggest if some paid newspaper type dug around deep enough in the relationship between Pima County officials and staff and the opposition to the mine, it would stink to high heaven.
Pima County is nothing more than a branch office of the Center for Biological Diversity, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas and the Walden family in pursuing the anti-mine agenda….and Pima taxpayers are footing the bill.