Visit Las Cienegas NCA
Visit Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - about 45,000 acres of lush, rolling grasslands and woodlands.
Cienega Creek traverses through the NCA.
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Resources Studies - Mining in the West
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Mining in the West
Despite the promise of jobs, business income, and tax revenues, it is widely known that the environmental impacts of extracting minerals from the ground are often profound and permanent. Some places are clearly better suited for mining than others in terms of how economic benefits are weighed against environmental and social costs. With years of experience examining mining projects across the West, the Sonoran Institute understands the economic importance of mining and the need for copper and other metals.
Featured Video: Cyanide Beach
Named “Best Educational Film” at the Yosemite Film Festival, Cyanide Beach is a must see film – about the people behind Rosemont. InvestigativeMEDIA's 24-minute video reveals the deceptive business tactics of Augusta Resource Corporation's top business executives when they 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.
Taking a Stand Against the Rosemont Project
The Sonoran Institute is actively opposing a mining project near Sonoita, Arizona, where Rosemont Copper proposes digging an open-pit mine beside one of the most beautiful and ecologically important areas in the Southwest. Worse, new research reveals that the mine could devastate Cienega Creek, a vital water resource and one of the last free-flowing rivers in Arizona. We have called on the Forest Service to conduct new and independent investigations on Rosemont’s potential water impacts.
“The Cienega and Sonoita Valleys are home to many working ranches, wineries, and farms, as well as the popular Las Cienegas National Conservation Area," says Emily Brott, project manager for Sonoran Institute. "Placing a new open pit mine in this area, we believe, will may jeopardize and even eliminate the water that feeds Cienega Creek--which could devastate the local agriculture- and tourism-based economy.”
- Emily Brott, Southern Arizona Project Manager, Sun Corridor Legacy Program
Stand Up and Say No
April, 2012 - It is not often that the Institute publicly opposes a proposed resource development project. But, some projects are just so ill-conceived and contrary to sensible thinking, that we have no choice but to stand up and say, "No." The proposed Rosemont Copper mine near Sonoita, Arizona, is one of these projects.
Not All Sites Proposed for Mines are Inappropriate
Click here to read the entire opinion piece.