Inadequate site review process could spell disaster for Resolution mine
Published: July 5, 2011 at 8:14 am
Your May 31 article on the mine near Superior “Gosar seeks broad support for Resolution Copper land-swap bill” fails to mention the hopelessly inadequate public review process allowed in the proposed legislation. If the bill is passed, the Interior Department has one year to finalize the exchange. At that point, some 2,400 acres of land around the mine site would become Resolution’s private property, and the federal nexus required for review as provided for under the National Environmental Policy Act is lost.
This is no way to allow construction of what some consider the largest proposed mine in the lower 48 states. The environmental impacts are guaranteed to be enormous, from land subsidence the size and depth of Meteor Crater to massive tailings piles around Highway 60 to contaminated and depleted ground and surface water. Yes, the mine would create some jobs, but if I were a betting man I’d wager more workers would need to be hired cleaning up the mess after closure than during operation.
— Don Steuter, Phoenix