Global Mining Observer reports on checkered past of Augusta Resource’s executives based on InvestigativeMEDIA’s research


The London-based Global Mining Observer on Friday published a summary of information previously reported by InvestigativeMEDIA on the business backgrounds of the key executives of Augusta Resource Corporation which is seeking permits to build the controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine southeast of Tucson.

The widely read independent mining journal highlighted InvestigativeMEDIA’s reporting on Augusta chairman Richard Warke’s 1998 bankruptcy that was hidden from investors in regulatory disclosures by public companies where Warke served on the board of directors including Vancouver, B.C.-based Augusta Resource.

The journal also reported on statements from InvestigativeMEDIA’s documentary “Cyanide Beach” about a former business associate’s assessment of Warke’s honesty. InvestigativeMEDIA’s entire report on Augusta Resource’s executives business history can be found here:

Augusta Resource’s top officers have a history of bankruptcies, cease trade orders and stock exchange delistings

InvestigativeMEDIA’s complete report on Warke and fellow Augusta board members investments in a Sardinian gold mine can be found here:

A Sardinian gold mine unearths the deceptive business tactics of Rosemont Copper’s top executives

InvestigativeMEDIA’s “Cyanide Beach” documentary on the Sardinian gold mine is here:

Coronado National Forest Releases FEIS and Draft Record of Decision for Rosemont Copper Project


“We have made no decision about permitting the Rosemont copper project. I just want to make sure that is clear up front.” — Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch

“We will protect Las Cienegas (National Conservation Area).” — U.S. Bureau of Land Management Gila District Manager Tim Shannon

“We have disclosed that there is a high likelihood that Empire Gulch could go from a stream of water to being ephemeral.” — Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch

“The Army Corps can’t approve their permit until they resolve the mitigation they need.” — Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch

“We are having substantive discussions with CEQ (White House Council on Environmental Quality) and those other federal agencies.” — Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch.

Investigative Media’s “Cyanide Beach” win’s 2013 Yosemite International Film Festival Award


InvestigativeMEDIA is pleased to announce that its documentary film “Cyanide Beach” has been named “Best Educational Film” in the 2013 Yosemite International Film Festival.

The Yosemite festival awards recognition for some of the world’s finest and most visionary independent films made by many of the leading contemporary artists and creative minds working in cinema and screenwriting today.Yosemite Film Festival Logo

In a release announcing the awards, Easton Stuart, Executive Director of the Yosemite International Film Festival said, “we are very fortunate to have received such a variety of quality films from all over the world. The Festival is significant in the development of fostering the talents of independent filmmakers.” [Read more...]

ADEQ refuses to release secret emails with Governor’s Office about Rosemont mine’s air pollution permit


By John Dougherty

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is refusing to release more than a dozen emails with the governor’s office concerning the issuance of the air pollution permit for the proposed Rosemont copper mine.

Most of the withheld emails are between Kevin Kinsall, Governor Jan Brewer’s policy advisor for natural resources, and Eric Massey, director of the ADEQ’s Air Quality Division. Kinsall and Massey exchanged a dozen emails between last Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 during a crucial period when the state took control of Rosemont’s air pollution permit from Pima County.

The ADEQ announced last Aug. 3 that it was asserting authority over the review and issuance of Rosemont Copper Company’s application for the pollution permit for its massive open pit copper mine planned for the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson. ADEQ stated it was assuming oversight of the permit to “ensure regulatory certainty and enhanced environmental protection.” [Read more...]

“Cyanide Beach” to premiere in Washington, D.C. on April 25


InvestigativeMEDIA is pleased to announce the Washington, D.C. premiere of “Cyanide Beach” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 25 at the award-winning E Street Cinema. Admission is free.

“The Washington screening of “Cyanide Beach” is a major milestone in our nationwide effort to inform the public and key policy makers of how a speculative Canadian mining company with a history of deception is exploiting outdated U.S. mining laws in its effort to build a massive open-pit copper mine on public lands in Southern Arizona,” says InvestigativeMEDIA Editor and Filmmaker John Dougherty.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D-AZ), Earthworks Executive Director Jennifer Krill and Earthworks Policy Director Lauren Pagel will attend the screening and answer questions about efforts to reform the General Mining Act of 1872.

InvestigativeMEDIA’s 24-minute video reveals the unethical business tactics of Augusta Resource Corporation’s top executives when they owned and operated a gold mine in Sardinia, Italy between 2003 and 2007.

Augusta Resource owns the Rosemont Copper Company, which is seeking government permits to build a mile-wide, half-mile deep copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.

Earthworks has dubbed the Rosemont mine project as the “poster child” for reforming the antiquated mining law.

The Washington Post selected the E Street Cinema as Washington’s Best Movie Theater in 2011 and 2012.

InvestigativeMedia releases 7,000 pages of Forest Service records on proposed Rosemont copper mine


InvestigativeMedia is pleased to release more than 7,000 pages of  Coronado National Forest records on the proposed Rosemont open-pit copper mine. The records were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The records include internal emails and supporting documents from January 2012 through early February providing a first-hand look at the permitting process for the proposed mile-wide, half-mile deep mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest about 35 miles southeast of Tucson.

InvestigativeMedia encourages the public and other media to analyze the information and provide feedback on this site. The goal is to encourage public-interest, cloud reporting using this site as a clearinghouse of information, feedback, comments and suggestions on additional reporting.

InvestigativeMedia will issue a series of reports based on these records and information from other sources, including the public.

The Forest Service records are in two large PDF files available here and here.

The release of records is part of InvestigativeMedia’s ongoing review of Augusta Resource Corporation’s proposed Rosemont copper mine, including the 2012 documentary Cyanide Beach.

Update: InvestigativeMEDIA releases “Rosemont’s Power Play” report and announces digital release of “Cyanide Beach”


The multimedia project includes:

  • Report:  A Sardinian gold mine unearths the deceptive business tactics of Rosemont Copper’s top executives. (Click Here)
  • Timeline: The top officers of Rosemont Copper’s parent company, Augusta Resource Corporation, have a history of bankruptcies, cease trade orders and stock exchange delistings (Click Here)

The multimedia project focuses on Augusta Resource Corporation, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based speculative mining company that wants to build a massive open pit copper mine in the environmentally-sensitive Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest 35 miles south of Tucson, AZ.

InvestigativeMEDIA reviewed thousands of pages of financial documents and conducted interviews in the United States, Canada and Italy to document the business history of Augusta’s key executives.

The probe uncovered a tangled history of cease trade orders,  an insider trading settlement agreement, stock exchange delistings, personal and corporate bankruptcies, false disclosure statements to regulators and an abandoned Sardinian gold mine that is creating serious, ongoing environmental problems.

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Augusta owns the Rosemont Copper Company. Rosemont is seeking government permits to build what could become one of the largest copper mines in the United States, producing 240 million pounds of copper annually for approximately 21 years.

The mile-wide, half-mile deep mine would dump waste rock and mine tailings on more than 3,000 acres of the Coronado National Forest and destroy much of a watershed that provides runoff to a rare, shallow Sonoran Desert aquifer beneath the federally-protected Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.


InvestigativeMedia Announces Online Digital Release of “Cyanide Beach”


Rimrock, AZ -InvestigativeMEDIA, LLC is pleased to announced that its documentary “Cyanide Beach” is now available for free public distribution.

“Help us make this video go viral as part of our effort to inform the public about the shady business background of the speculators who want to destroy the Santa Rita Mountains with a massive open-pit copper mine,” filmmaker John Dougherty said. [Read more...]