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A News Alert From the Friends of Madera Canyon

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas has launched a PR Campaign
designed to counter efforts from Augusta Resource and its subsidiary Rosemont Copper.  Rosemont is running lots of ads using distortions and half-truths to promote their plans to build in a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. Notwithstanding their PR spin, the indisputable fact is if Augusta/Rosemont is allowed to proceed, they will destroy one of the mountain ranges that makes Tucson and southern Arizona a great place to live and work.

Now it's time to hear from Southern Arizonans.

We are the ones who will have to face the consequences of the Rosemont Mine should it go through. Not Augusta/Rosemont. Not their international investors. Not the countries that will primarily benefit from the copper extracted, like China.
With the Public Comment Process for Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) underway, it's time for each and every one of us to speak out.

Watch this video, in which a retired Tucson firefighter and teacher Greg and Carol Shinsky discuss what the Rosemont Mine would do to them, and what it means for Tucson's water supply:
Southern Arizona Speaks About the Proposed Rosemont Copper Mine - Shinsky
Southern Arizona Speaks About the Proposed Rosemont Copper Mine

Pass this video around through email, Facebook and Twitter. Share it with all your friends. Augusta/Rosemont may have more money than us to throw at TV, but we can effectively respond if we each take personal responsibility to help spread the message.


SSSR will soon releasing more videos. We will pass them along to you and hope you will join in sharing them with all of Southern Arizona and beyond.



 SSSR and Coalition group DEIS workshops:

December 5th, 6:30-8:00 PM
Cady Hall - 346 Duquesne Ave. Patagonia, AZ

December 9th, 1:30 PM
Green Valley American Legion Hall - 1560 W Duval Mine Rd

December 11th, 7:00 PM
Quail Creek - Madera Clubhouse ballroom, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd

Forest Service Public Meetings/Hearings Scheduled

November 12, 2011, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Palo Verde High School, 1302 S. Avenida Vega, Tucson, AZ

November 19, 2011, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ

December 7, 2011, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Benson High School, 360 S. Patagonia Street, Benson, AZ

December 10, 2011, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Elgin Elementary School, 23 Elgin Rd., Elgin, AZ

January 7, 2012, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Tentative data and location not yet announced.


Public hearing for the Rosemont 138-kV Transmission Line Project


December 12th, 2011, 6 PM
Holiday Inn - Tucson Airport North, 4550 S. Palo Verde Road, Tucson, AZ


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