Legal challenges continue against the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine south of Tucson.
That is not stopping mine operators from moving forward with the mine that would be on the other side of the Santa Rita Mountains.
It has received all but one of its permits and hopes to break ground by the end of the year. It all hinges in the U. S. Forest Service and its 'environmental impact study', then the Army Corps of Engineers could grant the final permit. That could happen in the next few months.
If all goes according to plan construction will start this year, with production beginning in 2015. Once in operation, Rosemont expects that it would employ 450 people full time and predicts a $19 billion injection into Arizona's economy.
The question remains, will this happen on Rosemont's timeline? Or will appeals slow down the process?
Of course there have been many critics, pointing to potential damage to water and air quality.
One of Rosemont's vice presidents says it is impossible to speculate, but points out that legal challenges have not been successful yet.
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