Don Byron 
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Re: “Digging Delays

Copper not in short supply U.S. or worldwide. ASARCO and Freeport McMoran/Phelps Dodge share 30% excess capacity at present. Development of Resolution Copper in the Superior mining district vastly overshadows Rosemont and all necessary infrastructure is in place. Rosemont has NO supporting infrastructure and NO assured long range water supply. CAP is but a band-aid and can't be relied upon in support of Rosemont's requirements. Under any interpretation of the 1872 Mining Law under today's conditions to start a new mine is not an entitlement. What Rosemont proposes would prove to be an enviornmental disaster --- with permanent adverse effect on all living flora and fauna in that sector. Rosemont's only transportation route, ingress/egress from the minesite, would be SR 83 to I-10. SR 83 will literally crumble and fall apart irrespective of what ADOT declares. There will be many deaths soley attributable to Rosemont occuring on SR 83 due to increased heavy traffic. And, finally, any reclamation claimed for this mine is an absolute myth. Look around you --- it just doesn't happen. SO, IF COMMON SENSE PREVAILS, IT SHOULD BE READILY APPARENT THAT ROSEMONT IS SIMPLY NOT NEEDED.

Don E. Byron
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Society of Mining Engineers

Posted by Don Byron on 10/02/2010 at 10:32 AM

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