InvestigativeMEDIA releases online version of Hudbay Minerals documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam”

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“Flin Flon Flim Flam” takes an unflinching look into the operations of one of Canada’s oldest miners

InvestigativeMEDIA’s documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam” on the worldwide operations of Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its plans to construct the Rosemont Copper Mine on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson, AZ, is now available online.

Produced by Arizona-based investigative reporter John Dougherty, the film premiered Oct. 18 at the Loft Cinema in Tucson and was broadcast on KGUN-9 on Dec. 13 in a special edition of Tucson’s weekly public affairs show ZonaPolitics.

Mr. Dougherty traveled to northern Manitoba to report on Hudbay’s historic operations, to the Guatemala highlands where Mayan peasants allege they are the victims of atrocities at the hands of Hudbay, and to the Peruvian Andes where Hudbay has clashed with the local community over the company’s largest operation, the Constancia Mine.

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“Flin Flon Flim Flam” to be broadcast at 4 p.m., Dec. 13 on Tucson’s KGUN-9

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The documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam” on Toronto-based miner Hudbay Minerals‘ worldwide operations and the company’s plans for the proposed Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest east of Tucson will be broadcast at 4 p.m., Dec. 13 on Tucson’s KGUN-9.

The documentary will be aired in a special edition of Tucson journalist Jim Nintzel‘s ZonaPolitics weekly news show.

The film reports on the environmental destruction that would occur if Hudbay Minerals obtains state and federal permits to construct the Rosemont mine on the northeastern face of the Santa Rita Mountains and the threat to Green Valley’s water supply from Hudbay’s planned groundwater pumping.

The documentary also reports on Hudbay’s operating legacy including contaminating its home community in Flin Flon, Manitoba with high levels of heavy metals from a smelter the company operated for more than 80 years.

The 51-minute film also reports on Hudbay’s former mine in El Estor, Guatemala where the company’s security guards allegedly clashed with residents over land claims. A Mayan community leader was shot to death and another man left  paralyzed in the September 2009 violence.

Hudbay is now the target of a three, precedent-setting civil suits in Toronto that have withstood the company’s attempts to have the case thrown out. The cases are proceeding to trial. The cases mark the first time a Canadian company is being held accountable in Canadian courts for the acts of an overseas subsidiary.

The documentary also reports on demonstrations and community opposition to Hudbay’s recently opened Constancia open pit copper mine in Uchucarco, Peru. Residents in the community were beaten and teargassed by Peruvian National Police . Residents in the rural community claim Hudbay reneged on its promises to the community in exchange for rights to the land for the open pit mine.

Hudbay has promised to replace groundwater it pumps from the Santa Cruz River Valley with Central Arizona Project Canal water. Critics, however, cast doubt that Hudbay will be able to fulfill its promise as Colorado River supplies continue to decline.

Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll criticizes the company for engaging in what he says is a “cover up” and “white collar malfeasance” over Hudbay’s failure to publicly disclose to its shareholders and regulators that its Air Quality Control permit for the Rosemont project was overturned last February by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

This is the second documentary produced by award-winning reporter John Dougherty on the proposed Rosemont mine project.

The 2012 film Cyanide Beach”  revealed the checkered history of the top executives of Augusta Resource Corporation, the previous owners of the Rosemont mine site. Cyanide Beach won first place as best educational film at the Yosemite International Film festival and attracted large crowds at screenings across southern  Arizona.

Hudbay acquired Augusta in 2014 in a $500 million stock deal.

 

Nov. 20 Green Valley screenings set for Hudbay Minerals documentary

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Three-time Arizona Journalist of the Year John Dougherty will present his documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam” at two screenings on Nov. 20 in Green Valley.

The 51-minute film reports on Toronto-based miner Hudbay Minerals‘ worldwide operations and the company’s plans for the proposed Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest east of Tucson.

Dougherty will host a question/answer session following the screenings.

The film will be shown at 9 a.m. at the Desert Sky Cinema, 70 W. Duval Road, in Sahuarita and at 7 p.m. at the Madera Clubhouse, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Road in Green Valley. A suggested donation of $10 will benefit the nonprofit Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism, Inc.Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 2.53.00 PM

The exposé reveals how Hudbay contaminated its home community in Flin Flon, Manitoba with high levels of heavy metals from a smelter the company operated for more than 80 years.

The documentary also reports on the impact to residents of Hudbay’s former mine in El Estor, Guatemala where the company’s security guards allegedly clashed with residents over land claims. A Mayan community leader was shot to death and another man left  paralyzed in the September 2009 violence.

Hudbay is now the target of a three, precedent-setting civil suits in Toronto that have withstood the company’s attempts to have the case thrown out. The cases are proceeding to trial. The cases mark the first time a Canadian company is being held accountable in Canadian courts for the acts of an overseas subsidiary.

Dougherty also reports on demonstrations and community opposition to Hudbay’s recently opened Constancia open pit copper mine in Uchucarco, Peru. Residents in the community were beaten and teargassed by Peruvian National Police wearing rain gear provided by Hudbay Minerals. Residents in the rural community claim Hudbay has reneged on its promises to the community in exchange for rights to the land for the open pit mine.

The film also reports on the environmental destruction that would occur if Hudbay Minerals obtains state and federal permits to construct the Rosemont mine on the northeastern face of the Santa Rita Mountains and the threat to Green Valley’s water supply from Hudbay’s planned groundwater pumping. Hudbay has promised to replace groundwater it pumps from the Santa Cruz River Valley with Central Arizona Project Canal water. Critics, however, cast doubt that Hudbay will be able to fulfill its promise as Colorado River supplies continue to decline.

Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll criticizes the company for engaging in what he says is a “cover up” and “white collar malfeasance” over Hudbay’s failure to publicly disclose to its shareholders and regulators that its Air Quality Control permit for the Rosemont project was overturned last February by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

The film premiered on Oct. 20 at the Loft Cinema in Tucson drawing more than 150 people. The documentary screened a second time at the Loft Cinema on Nov. 1.

This is the second documentary produced by Dougherty on the proposed Rosemont mine project.

Local Green Valley residents pack the house for Cyanide Beach.

Local Green Valley residents pack the house for Cyanide Beach.

The 2012 film Cyanide Beach”  revealed the checkered history of the top executives of Augusta Resource Corporation, the previous owners of the Rosemont mine site.

The film won first place as best educational film at the Yosemite International Film festival and attracted large crowds at screenings across southern  Arizona.

Hudbay acquired Augusta in 2014 in a $500 million stock deal.

 

InvestigativeMEDIA’s documentary on Hudbay Minerals to screen Nov. 1 in Tucson

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4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1

The Loft Cinema

3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716

$10 (benefits Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism, Inc., a nonprofit 501-c3)

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InvestigativeMEDIA turns its unflinching focus on Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its controversial plans to construct the massive Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.

InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years.

He then turns to Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial.

Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protestors angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement.

Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed. (Dir. by John Dougherty, 2015, in English/Spanish/English subtitles, 51 mins.)

InvestigativeMEDIA’S documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam” to premiere Oct. 18 in Tucson

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FLIN FLON FLIM FLAM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, AT 4 PM

$10 (benefits Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism, Inc., a nonprofit 501-c3)

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InvestigativeMEDIA turns its unflinching focus on Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its controversial plans to construct the massive Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.

InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years.

He then turns to Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial.

Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protestors angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement.

Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed. (Dir. by John Dougherty, 2015, in English/Spanish/English subtitles, 48 mins.)

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

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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

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“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

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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

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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…]