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

December 20th, 2013

“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.

Special Report – Rosemont’s Power Play

November 25th, 2013

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


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

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

October 31st, 2013

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 the rest of this entry »

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

July 19th, 2013

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 the rest of this entry »

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

April 19th, 2013

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.

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