Rosemont Mine delays will cost jobs but regional economic impacts aren’t clear

Rendering of proposed Rosemont mine. / File photo

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star

A local pro-mining group scheduled a mining appreciation event for October, expected to draw at least 450 people paying tribute to an industry employing roughly 7,500 people in Southern Arizona. The theme was going to be “Miracles from Mining,” highlighting what organizers say are its values to the economy and society as a whole.

But after the July 31 federal court ruling halting work on the proposed Rosemont Mine, the Southern Arizona Business Coalition canceled the event. The coalition would have spent $35,000, to be repaid through ticket sales, said Rick Grinnell, its vice president.

“We had some people who said, ‘We will hold off on sponsorships for now because we don’t know what’s going on,’” Grinnell said. “They’re not sure of the short-term or long-term implications.”

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