Mark, a member of Sustainable Tucson's Environmental Advocates, sent me the Daily Star article: "Rosemont takes steps to get past ruling that blocks mine." That reminded me that we need to continue to stay on top of this issue.
Hudbay, the directors of the Rosemont Mine, are fighting to save their multi-million dollar project. And why wouldn't they? They don't have to pay any royalties to the people of Arizona and they can use as much of our water as they want. It's big profits for them.
What can we do?
1) Please, write a letter to the editor telling how the Rosemont mine will personally impact you, your business or your family. Be sure to follow the guidelines and word count limit of the target publication (up to 150 words for the Arizona Daily Star.)
2) This is a good time to urge our Members of Congress to overturn the 1872 Mining Law (that got us into this situation by defining hard-rock mineral extraction as the “highest and best” use of most public lands, tying the hands of federal and local governments when U.S. or foreign mining interests want to mine our public lands).
3) Ask your Members of Congress to codify the Waters of the US Rule into law (so any sitting president can't change it at will.)
CONTACTING YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Find out who your Representative is: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Contact info for Reps here: https://www.house.gov/representatives
Contact info for Members of Congress here: https://contactingcongress.org/
More Information on the Rosemont mine:
I've done my best to post up-to-date information on my blog: