The company also claims on his website that the proposed Rosemont mine has been the subject of more than 1,000 studies by 17 federal, state and local agencies over 11 years, and insists that it will implement an “unprecedented environmental mitigation program” on the site.
But Hudbay argued that the government did not need to set aside all of the 764,207 acres that have been identified as critical jaguar habitat in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties in Arizona and in Hidalgo County in Arizona. New Mexico.
He asked the Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw the designation of 50,000 acres in the northern Santa Rita Mountains and adjacent areas, which include the site of the planned mine. There was no evidence that jaguars inhabited the target areas, which was not necessary for the animals to come and go from their range in Mexico, he argued.
This argument was rejected by the government on Friday. He said the company had failed to demonstrate that the 50,000 acres were not needed to protect endangered jaguars, once thought to have disappeared from the United States, or that land was not needed to protect the jaguar voyage.
“Removal of the mountains north of Santa Rita would remove areas that currently provide the physical and biological characteristics of critical jaguar habitat, and in which confirmed jaguar detections occurred in 2012 and 2015,” the decision says.