Arizona Mining Inc (Wildcat Silver): Hermosa & Taylor
“Arizona Mining Inc” (aka Wildcat Silver) (AZ:Toronto Stock Exchange) is a junior mining company based in Vancouver, Canada. Wildcat Silver changed their name again in October 2015 to Arizona Mining Inc. To add to the name obfuscation game, Arizona Mining Inc operates in Arizona under their subsidiary, Arizona Minerals Inc.
The Arizona Mining Inc (Wildcat Silver) Hermosa Property is 450 acres of private property comprised of “patented” mine claims 6 miles southeast of the town of Patagonia, Arizona.
Arizona Mining Inc has claimed over 13,500 acres of public land in the Patagonia Mountains on the Coronado National Forest bordering their Hermosa property with plans for TWO mine projects, open pit mine and underground mine.
The Hermosa Central project is a proposed 4,000-foot wide and 1,500-foot deep open pit mine for silver and manganese.
The Taylor project is a proposed, underground mine for zinc, lead and silver.
The Patagonia Area Resource Alliance recognizes that the health and economic prosperity of our community of Patagonia is tied deeply to the well-being of the Patagonia Mountains and Harshaw/Sonoita Creek waterways. They are the source of our water, clean air and the biological wealth drives our local economy. The PARA mission is to stop new mining in the Patagonia Mountains.
Click for a list of Federally Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species in the Patagonia Mountains of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona.
Current Status of Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver Mining Activity in Patagonia, Arizona
4/1/2016: EA CANCELLED for Hermosa Central. The release of the final Hermosa Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Decision is Cancelled.
1/26/2016: Arizona Mining Inc has closed on the acquisition of the 300 acres of patented mining claims formerly known as the Trench Camp Mine. Arizona Mining Inc has assumed all of the environmental liabilities that resulted from Trench Mine’s historic mining activity.
10/30/2015: Arizona Mining Inc started new exploratory mineral drilling on their private land for the Taylor site. Destruction of the hillside and trees for drilling pads can be clearly viewed from Harshaw Road, past their entrance gate. The denuded slope is above Harshaw Creek and threatens to erode directly into the creek with the potential to smother downstream aquatic life with sediment.
The exploratory mineral drilling occurs 7 days a week for 24 hours a day. A rock drill typically produces 98 decibels of noise at a distance of 50 feet which is 20 times louder than a chainsaw.
7/31/2015: Arizona Mining Inc (Wildcat Silver) recently announced plans to purchase the 300 acre historic Trench Camp Mine from Asarco Multi-State Environmental Custodial Trust. The Trust was formed as a result of a bankruptcy settlement with ASARCO and tasked with cleanup of the abandoned mine. Mining stopped at the underground Trench mine over 50 years ago, which is located in the Patagonia Mountains adjacent to Arizona Mining Inc’s existing 154 acres of private land inholdings.
10/28/2014: Press Release: Hermosa mine proposal could deplete southeast Arizona town’s drinking water aquifer. Peer-reviewed report by PARA and EARTHWORKS outlines Hermosa mine’s risks of water consumption, perpetual water pollution to Patagonia area.
Sign Petition to Forest Service calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement. Tell the Coronado National Forest that an EA is insufficient and a full Environmental Impact Statement is necessary when considering the proposed Hermosa mining exploration project. Sign Petition here.
Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver’s History in Patagonia, Arizona
Arizona Mining Inc/ Wildcat Silver has had mining explorations on their private land holdings for the Hermosa project intermittently since 2006. In March, 2011 they filed a Plan of Operations to extend their mining explorations from their private land onto their bordering claims on public land in the Coronado National Forest. Link to NEPA Scoping Notice from April 2011. The Forest Service granted approval of the drilling project through a Decision Memo dated 10/18/2011.
In response to the Forest Service’s unlawful approval, the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance joined together with Defenders of Wildlife and Sky Island Alliance and went to court in December 2011 to seek a timeout on construction of Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver’s Mining Exploration Project on the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona. We challenged the U.S. Forest Service for approving the exploratory mining proposal without required studies of how it will impact endangered wildlife and the environment. View the press release regarding our lawsuit.
The Forest Service officially withdrew its approval of Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver’s 15-hole mining exploration plan on April 27th, 2012. That move sent Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver back to the drawing board. View Forest Service Withdrawal of Decision Memo
At The Helm
Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver was founded by Richard Warke, the same founder of Augusta Resource / Rosemont Copper in the nearby Santa Rita Mountains. In July 2014, Hudbay acquired control of Augusta Resource Corporation and its wholly owned Rosemont Copper mine proposal.
Warke and Augusta’s acceptance of HudBay’s takeover exposes the repeated promises that Augusta was committed to the region as as nothing more than a deceptive public relations campaign.
With Warke at the helm, we can expect the same sort of tactics from Arizona Mining Inc / Wildcat Silver as witnessed from Augusta and his other mining companies. See: “A Sardinian gold mine unearths the deceptive business tactics of Rosemont Copper’s top executives,” by InvestigativeMEDIA.
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What is a Plan of Operation and What’s a Scoping Notice?
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