Target: U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick
Goal: Protect the Coronado National Forest and Santa Rita Mountains from permanent destruction due to coal mining
A Canadian-owned company is currently seeking permits that would allow it to construct an open-pit copper mine more than one-mile wide and 3,000-feet deep near Tucson, Arizona. The proposed mine would be built on more than 4,700 acres in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. Nearly 80 percent of this land is located within the Coronado National Forest, public land that the U.S. Forest Service has admitted would be permanently destroyed if the proposed mine were to be built.
This mine would have devastating impacts on Southern Arizona’s air quality, cultural artifacts, water supply and wildlife habitats. Crushers, conveyors and mine vehicles would degrade the region’s air quality, 85 historic properties that include Native American remains and prehistoric sites would be destroyed, groundwater would become contaminated and the habitat of nine endangered and threatened species, including the only known jaguar living in the U.S., would be demolished. Not to mention, the area’s scenic integrity would be compromised, which could lead to a decrease in Arizona’s travel and tourism revenues.
By signing this petition, you will be asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the Santa Rita Mountains and the Coronado National Forest. Let officials know that this mine proposal would be devastating to the region’s air quality and water supply, and would seriously threaten local wildlife.
Dear Lieutenant General Bostick,
As you know, Rosemont Copper is currently seeking permits that would allow it to construct a massive open-pit copper mine on 4,700 acres in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. More than 75 percent of this land is located within the Coronado National Forest, public land that would suffer devastating and permanent destruction should Rosemont Copper be permitted to begin construction.
Not only would the area’s stunning scenic beauty be severely compromised, but copper mining could lead to the contamination of groundwater, degradation of air quality, and possible extinction of nine endangered and threatened species that call the region home, including the only known jaguar living in the United States.
Please do all that you can to protect Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains by preventing the construction of the Rosemont Mine within the Coronado National Forest.
[Your Name Here]
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