"A Clash Over Mining and Water"

"SAN FRANCISCO -- A plan to dig a vast copper mine in arid southern Arizona is pitting the needs of American industry -- and arguably the national economy -- against a coalition of local residents and environmentalists."

"Opponents say the mine will destroy an area of outstanding ecological importance and, perhaps more important, threaten the area’s most valuable resource: Water.

Both sides are actively lobbying the U.S. regulators who will determine whether the project goes ahead.

Rosemont Copper, a subsidiary based in Tucson, Arizona, of the Canadian company Augusta Resource, hopes to build the open-pit mine and a mineral processing facility about 30 miles, or 48 kilometers, southeast of Tucson in Pima County, Arizona."

Erica Gies reports for the New York Times March 21, 2012.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012