A computer rendering previews the Rosemont Mine pit and tailings piles…
Construction of the proposed Rosemont Mine will cause “irreparable harm” to biologically rich areas and culturally sensitive archeological sites, mine opponents said in seeking a court injunction to block construction of the $1.9 billion project.
Attorneys for three tribes, the group Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Center for Biological Diversity and other opponents filed requests for an injunction Wednesday night in U.S. District Court. They have already filed five lawsuits against three federal agencies seeking to overturn the agency approvals of the project. The injunction seeks to stop mine construction until the merits of those lawsuits can be heard and decided.
If the mine can survive these lawsuits, it would become the U.S.’ third largest copper mine.
Gayle Hartmann’s summary of the Santa Ritas threat.