Don Wenig 
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Re: “Copper Capers

All the supporters of Rosemont support Rosemont's claims. I for one am not a Rosemont supporter. I think the world has enough copper mines for the present. They are enjoying high copper prices and producing enough copper for the world apparently. This too will pass. Why should we destroy another scenic, pastoral area that is a reprieve from the hectic life of people in Southern Arizona for the profit of a Canadian company owned by an Australian company. If and when the time comes that copper becomes scarce in the world market this may be more acceptable. Hopefully, by then other products will be developed to make copper less in demand.

Although Rosemont promises much, I look at the miles and miles of tailing piles along the I 19 corridor and think, "is this what I want to see in the Rosemont area?". I think not. Years ago I toured the mines along the I 19 corridor when replanting the tailing piles was in its infancy. A mining engineer scoffed at the idea of replanting the tailing piles. He was right if you look at them today as it doesn't work, however his second comment was that it was only waste desert land that was good for nothing anyway. I find that utterly incomprehensible.

Water is another issue. We have yet to understand that it is in limited supply in southern Arizona. The mines use a lot of water as does agriculture. Furthermore mines leech chemicals into the aquifer that are harmful to healt. It many be inententional, but it happens. Cities use less water, and we are dependent on deep water wells in Tucson for the most part, and those are irreplaceable. Not too many years ago trees flourished along the washes in Tucson. No more, because of the unrestrained used. Label me an environmentalist, but in the end, people who speak out for the environment may actually have the answers that corporate interests do not.

All of the governmental entities in southern Arizona have spoken out in opposition to the development of the mine. Do you suppose they are wrong?

Don Wenig, Tucson.

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Posted by Don Wenig on 02/16/2011 at 8:56 PM

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