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Jaguars Are Threatened by Copper Mining – Take Action!

Jaguars Are Threatened by Copper Mining – Take Action!

Wonderful news! Late last year, the first jaguar confirmed in the U.S. in 3 years was spotted in southern Arizona.

And now for the bad news: the proposed Rosemont Copper Project in the Coronado Forest would destroy the habitat that these magnificent animals are seeking.

Open-Pit Copper Mine – A Disastrous Idea

This open-pit copper mine would irrevocably impact the Santa Rita mountain range and important riparian wildlife habitats downstream. The mine would take over 4,500-acres in this iconic, biologically diverse sky island mountain range, and fill entire canyons on public lands with waste rock.

The mining itself would mostly be conducted on private land, but Forest Service and other public land would be used for ore processing and the dumping of mine tailings, the dry residue of the mining process.

Apart from the 4,500-acre mine, roads and heavy truck traffic would further disrupt important wildlife corridors and likely increase wildlife road kills. And this is at a time when there are already several copper mines in the area that are not operating at full capacity. Making things even worse, the company behind this, Augusta Resource Corporation, is Canadian.

Representatives Giffords and Grijalva Tried To Stop Rosemont

Back in 2009, Arizona congressional representatives Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva turned up the heat on the Forest Service in an effort to stop this disastrous project south of Tucson. Apparently, that wasn’t enough, and the Forest Service has said it cannot stop this mine.

Defenders of Wildlife explains:

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for this proposed project does not adequately analyze the potential impacts to sensitive wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, air quality, climate change, or recreation-based economies. A supplemental analysis must be conducted that adequately analyzes and discloses these impacts in order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.

This disastrous project would scar the countryside, take away vital habitat for all animals, including jaguars, severely impact Arizona’s tourism, and cause dangerous traffic problems as huge trucks screech their way along narrow two-lane roads.

Take Action Now

If you agree that this is a potential disaster, please click here to sign our petition asking the U.S. Forest Service to Stop The Rosemont Copper Project in Arizona. And hurry! The deadline for comments is Tuesday, January 31.

In case you’re still not convinced, here’s a video of local resident Grace Wystrach explaining the impact of this project:

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9:33PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Endangered species and in this case extremely endangered species should be protected over copper mines or anything else, they should be highly valued!! Protect Protect Protect. Once they are gone they are gone and nothing will replace them. Need to act to save before it is too late!

9:27PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Thanks for the article... petition signed.

6:55PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Thank you. Petition signed.

8:37PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Thanks for sharing this information. Action taken.

1:09PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

It's time we start saving these wonderful cats before we lose such wonderful animals. Mankind need to exploit all areas to mine for such material as copper must be limited.

12:02PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Who in the heck answered "yes"? All this destruction is making me sick!!

9:07AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Hydrochloric Acid, Sulfuric Acid, arsenic, cyanide, compared to kidney/pancreas cancers.

If these are things you would like to ingest, you go right ahead - but on your own time.

ASARCO lied to the people here in El Paso Texas. Burned encycle waste (military weapons grade materials) without EPA approval.

In 2006 there were floods over the entire valley of El Paso, the water sluicing pools at ASARCO broke, sending millions of tons of water (polluted with lead, copper, arsenic, hydrocholoric acid, sulfuric acid, cyanide) down the Rio Grande River.

The Rio Grande River feeds all of the people, to the mouth of the sea (Boca Raton)

2 years ago, the FDA approved to send a massive quantity of BEEF to Mexico. Their FDA turned it down because it was contaminated with COPPER.

The copper laden water from the sluicing pools went down river, to the farms on the American side of the river, into the water and grasses that feed the cattle that went to slaughter, that the FDA turned down for Americans to eat, but said it was ok for the Mexican people to eat.

Is this what YOU want in your beef. SAY NO TO ASARCO/GRUPOS DE MEXICO!!! If Mexico wants that Copper Mine, let them take it and put it in their own backyard!

Thank you very much y Muchas Gracias.

7:21PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Damn I love jaguars, great to hear they're not actually extinct in the U.S.A. Incidentally (and this will sound downright doolally), does anyone else see a particular rosette on the jaguar's lower back, above and slightly to the right of the base of its tail and level with the lower tip of its nose, that looks strikingly like the panda logo of the WWF lol?

11:25AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Signed

7:57AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

You have no idea how fortunate you are to have jaguars in the wild in America! You should be so proud and do everything you can to protect them. Mines are just about money. But money cannot bring back extinct species. What do you value?

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