Earth Day, April 2022
Help Stop Canadian Hudbay, Copper World, Rosemont
by Eduardo Quintana, Chairperson
Protest the destruction of the Santa Rita Mountain Range, pollution of our drinking water and air, killing of wildlife, and desecration of native burial sites.
Hudbay Minerals, from Canada is hell-bent on destroying the Santa Rita’s, chasing off the wildlife including “El Jefe,” the last of the Jaguars in the US, poisoning the public aquifer, depleting our public groundwater, polluting our public air with cancer-causing chemicals, aggravating asthma and COPD, in short, transforming the quality of our lives and landscape for the worst. Yes, they will provide a few temporary jobs but the destruction of our environment is forever.
Hudbay is ignoring opposition from 3 tribes: the Tohono O’Odham Nation, the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe, demonstrating that they are the neighbor from hell and they have no respect for the Native sacred grounds, for Tucson, or Pima County Board of Supervisors who are all opposed to the Hudbay mining projects. Hudbay Rosemont Mine, one giant hole (½ mile deep and a mile long) has now metastasized to 5-6 mines with the recent addition of the Copper World project. It is ignoring our communities, our local governments, and environmental groups and thumbing its nose at the federal Clean Water Act which protects the public by regulating discharges to keep toxins out of streams and aquifers. Hudbay is quickly plugging up seeps and filling up the ephemeral streams with debris, reasoning that if there are no streams, they cannot be charged with polluting them.
We are in a 21-year drought. Since the ‘80sTucson has been grappling with TCE, 1,4-Dioxane, PFAS and PFOS contamination that started in the 1950s. The Tucson Area Remediation Plant (TARP) on Tucson’s south side has become so overwhelmed by contamination that Tucson Water recently had to shut down the plant that’s been treating the water for 28 years.
Lake Mead is drying up, Colorado River water for the Central Arizona Project and the Tucson allotment will be cut back, forcing the city to provide us with water of questionable quality or sell us on a “Toilet-To-Tap” scheme but Hudbay will be pumping millions of gallons fresh clean water daily to wash rocks, fill their pockets with copper, and scurry back to Canada, leaving us to clean up their mess.
STOP Hudbay, Rosemont, Copper World or a few years from now, we will not recognize the land we love. Take a drive down I-19 and look East at Copper World. Then look west, towards ASARCO, the Grupo Mexico mine. This abomination is our future if we are not successful in stopping Hudbay. This is our home; no one else is going to fight for it. Join us on Friday:
PROTEST: FRIDAYS, 4 PM, at the PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE at 150 W. Congress St.
People Who Actually Live Here Green Solidarity