Friday, November 11, 2011
First public hearing on Rosemont Copper draft EIS
The first public hearing by the US Forest Service on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Rosemont Copper mine will be held Saturday afternoon (Nov. 12) and both sides are calling for their supporters to show up to make their case.
The hearing will be 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega, Tucson, AZ.
The DEIS is available online at www.RosemontEIS.us. "The Coronado National Forest is planning to host the following public meetings to share information about and take comments on the DEIS. Each meeting will include both informational sessions and comment sessions. Oral statements made during the comment session will be recorded. Written comments will also be taken at the meetings. Citizens do not need to be present at any meetings to comment on the DEIS."
The battle is being played out in the news media as a choice between economy and the environment. [right, Rosemont Copper's estimate of economic benefits of the mine]
Opponents of the mine have gathered under the banner of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas.