TUCSON – Over one hundred protesters gathered at the federal building in Tucson on Saturday demanding an open-pit copper mine not be built in the Santa Rita Mountains. Among the protesters was Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.
“I’m not opposed to all mining but I am opposed to this mine,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s being proposed in absolutely the wrong place and the damage it causes will be with us for decades and generations.”
The Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to Hudbay Minerals in March, regulating the discharge of fill material into waterways.
“With the latest news that the Army Corps approved it, we are still absolutely against it and dead set that it shouldn’t go in here,” said protester Alexander Kouvel Tucson.
On Wednesday, three Native American tribes in Arizona filed a joint complaint that challenges the issue of a permit to Rosemont Copper Company.
In part, it argues the mine would impact the creek and tributaries for generations, and destroy streams that are federally protected.
The challenge comes two weeks after environmental groups filed a similar lawsuit.
“I do think a lot of people are making their voices heard,” said Tucson resident, Melisa Ambers. “It’s nice to see so many people here today and in front of the federal building to make the point.”
Supporters of the mine say it has been studied over and over and will bring much-needed jobs to Pima County.