Arizona: Rosemont Mine Power Line Approved by State but Corporation Commission Adds Hurdles to Be Met

Posted: May 30, 2012 by earthfirstdurango in development, environmental racism, indigenous solidarity, mining

A 2007 protest against Rosemont Copper in Tucson, Arizona

By Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Corporation Commission gave Rosemont Copper a boost Wednesday by unanimously granting final approval of a power line for its proposed mine.

But as part of a compromise, the approval carried restrictions that will delay construction of the 13-mile line into the Santa Rita Mountains until the mining company can obtain five other government permits, approvals, certifications and a land transfer.

That’s four more additional government approvals than were originally required for this power line last December by the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting committee. Since no one can say exactly when the other approvals will be granted, it’s impossible to say right now when the power line would be built or even if it ever will.

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