Canadian Mining Doing Serious Environmental Harm

If we, as a nation, are appalled by what Canadian mining companies are doing in other countries…how can we not be horrified by what they are doing to Arizona?

New Picture (1)“Canada’s mining sector advancements on corporate social responsibility don’t exempt the Canadian state’s duty to prevent and redress human rights violations committed by or with the tolerance of Canadian mining companies that receive financial and diplomatic support from Canadian authorities”…. Read more

Source: The Guardian

Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. Going After Our Limited Water Supply in Pearce, Arizona

If you haven’t been too worried about the Commonwealth Mine Project in Pearce, Arizona, now is the time to worry… Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. (both Canadian mining companies) have signed an arrangement agreement to start taking water for their open-pit cyanide mine from our already limited water supply. To make things even more concerning, the following press release by Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. states in bold text, “NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” If you think the Wall Street criminals that caused our financial crisis in 2008 were bad news, they’ve got nothing on the Canadian mining industry who will do whatever it takes to get what they want including, harassment, rape, and even murder

Make sure you look at the last two paragraphs of this press release, which clearly state, “In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding (and the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover these risks)“, AND “This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein in the United States. Such securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a U.S. person...”

We must come together as a community and get these “big money” environmental criminals out of our community as quickly as possible. We need to keep calling Governor Brewer at (520) 628-6580 and John McCain at (520) 670-6334 and demand that we want these Canadian mining criminals out of our community. 

Below is the press release in full, followed by screenshots…

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PRESS RELEASES 6/6/2014 2:06:22 PM | Marketwired News

Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. Sign Arrangement Agreement

2014-06-06T18:06:22+00:00


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 6, 2014) –

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 

Delta Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:DLT) (“Delta Gold”) and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. (“Commonwealth Silver”), a privately-held company incorporated under the laws of Canada, are pleased to announce that, further to their joint news release issued on April 24, 2014, they have signed a definitive arrangement agreement (the “Agreement”) with respect to the proposed business combination (the “Transaction”) which would result in a reverse takeover of Delta Gold by Commonwealth Silver, thereby resulting in a going-public transaction for Commonwealth Silver.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the Agreement, Delta Gold’s outstanding common shares (each, a “Delta Share”) will be consolidated on a 20:1 basis (the “Consolidation”). In connection with the Transaction, Commonwealth Silver expects to complete a concurrent financing of between $3 million and $10 million (the “Financing”), the terms of which are discussed in greater detail below. Shares of Commonwealth Silver (each, a “Commonwealth Share”) will be valued based on the price and terms established for the Financing. As a result, it is expected that Shareholders of Commonwealth Silver will receive 0.6 Delta Shares (post-Consolidation) for every one Commonwealth Share held. On a post-Transaction, pre-Financing basis, it is expected that existing Commonwealth Silver and Delta Gold shareholders will own approximately 79.5% and 20.5% of the combined company (the “Resulting Issuer”), respectively.

Commonwealth Silver will amalgamate with a newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Gold pursuant to a statutory plan of arrangement under the Canada Business CorporationsAct. The Resulting Issuer is expected to be named “Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc.”, will be headquartered in Toronto, and will continue to be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”). On a post-Transaction and pre-Financing basis, the Resulting Issuer will have approximately 46.5 million shares outstanding (55.2 million on a fully-diluted basis).

Closing of the Transaction, as contemplated by the Agreement, is subject to a number of conditions and approvals, which include: completion of the Financing on acceptable terms; approval by the respective shareholders of Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver; court approval; and the approval of all relevant regulatory authorities, including the TSX-V. There can be no assurance that the Transaction or the Financing will be completed as proposed or at all. The Agreement provides for termination rights, including in the event the Transaction is not completed by September 30, 2014.

Further details regarding the Transaction will be provided in a joint management information circular (the “Circular”) to be mailed to shareholders of Commonwealth Silver and Delta Gold in connection with their respective shareholders’ meetings to approve the Transaction. The parties expect to complete and mail the Circular in early July 2014 and to hold their respective special meetings in early August 2014. The Transaction is expected to close shortly thereafter.

The directors of each of Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver have unanimously determined (with any interested directors abstaining) to recommend the approval of the Transaction to the shareholders of their respective companies. In connection with entering into the Agreement, directors, officers and major shareholders collectively holding approximately 59.3% of the issued and outstanding Commonwealth Shares and 25.7% of the issued and outstanding Delta Shares have entered into agreements to vote their respective shareholdings in favour of the Transaction.

Delta Gold intends to continue the trading halt currently in effect in respect of the Delta Shares until further notice.

Financing Update

Pursuant to the Financing, Commonwealth Silver will issue subscription receipts (each, a “Subscription Receipt”) at a price of $0.40 per Subscription Receipt. Each Subscription Receipt will be automatically exchanged, prior to the closing of the Transaction, into units (each, a “Unit”), each Unit to be comprised of one Commonwealth Share and one Commonwealth Share purchase warrant (each, a “Commonwealth Warrant”). Each Commonwealth Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one additional Commonwealth Share at a price of $0.50 until three years following the date of closing of the Financing, which is expected to occur concurrently with the closing of the Transaction. Securities issued pursuant to the Financing are not expected to be subject to resale restrictions upon completion of the Transaction.

Euro Pacific Canada Inc. (“Euro Pacific”) and Edgecrest Capital Corporation (“Edgecrest”) are acting as lead agents in connection with the Financing. The proceeds raised in the Financing will be used by the Resulting Issuer to fund the advancement of the Commonwealth Project (as defined below), the advancement of Delta Gold’s Imperial Project in California, and general working capital purposes. The lead agents and the other members of the syndicate will collectively receive a cash commission equal to 6.0% of the gross proceeds of the Financing and broker warrants (“Broker Warrants”) equal to 6.0% of the number of Subscription Receipts issued pursuant to the Financing. Each Broker Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one additional Commonwealth Share at a price of $0.40 until three years following the date of closing of the Financing.

Completion of the Financing is subject to certain conditions including, among others, the completion of the Transaction, satisfactory completion of due diligence, and the entering into of a definitive agency agreement.

Acquisition of Property Rights by Commonwealth Silver

Commonwealth Silver is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) to acquire approximately 1,327 acres of surface rights and associated water rights (the “Property Rights”) adjacent to its Commonwealth Gold and Silver Project in Cochise County, Arizona (the “Commonwealth Project”). The Property Rights are being purchased from a privately-owned Arizona company (the “Vendor”).

Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, Commonwealth Silver is acquiring the Property Rights from the Vendor in consideration for an initial payment of US$100,000 plus a subsequent payment of either (i) US$1,400,000, if the acquisition of the Property Rights closes within three months of the date of execution of the Purchase Agreement, or (ii) US$1,500,000, if the acquisition of the Property Rights closes between three and six months from such date. It is expected that the subsequent payment will be made by the Resulting Issuer, immediately following the closing of the Transaction.

Michael H. Farrant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Silver commented, “Our acquisition of these surface and water rights was critical to the development of the Commonwealth Project, including permitting the Project entirely on private land and securing access to future water requirements. This acquisition serves to significantly de-risk the Project and moves us a huge step forward in terms of being able to execute on the mine plan as laid out in the preliminary economic assessment. We are extremely pleased with the progress being made on all fronts, including the Transaction.”

Promissory Note Financing

Following approval from the TSX-V, Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver have executed definitive loan documentation pursuant to which Delta Gold has advanced to Commonwealth Silver funds in the aggregate amount of $1,000,000, as previously announced on April 24, 2014. Such funds are initially non-interest bearing and are secured by a pledge of the outstanding shares of Commonwealth Silver’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

About Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver

For further information on Delta Gold, please visit Delta Gold’s website at www.deltagold.com. For further information on Commonwealth Silver, please visit Commonwealth Silver’s website at www.commonwealthsilver.ca. The Transaction presentation will be made available on both companies’ websites in due course.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

Neither the TSX-V nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX-V) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical fact that address events or developments which Delta Gold or Commonwealth Silver expect to occur, constitute “forward-looking information”. These statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect Commonwealth Silver’s and Delta Gold’s current expectations regarding the Transaction, the Financing, the Consolidation, the acquisition of the Property Rights, and the future growth, results of operations, business prospects and opportunities of the Resulting Issuer. Forward-looking information reflects Commonwealth Silver’s and Delta Gold’s current internal projections, expectations or beliefs and is based on information currently available to Commonwealth Silver and Delta Gold, respectively. In some cases forward-looking information can be identified by terminology such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “projects”, “potential”, “scheduled”, “forecast”, “budget” or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology. Assumptions upon which such forward-looking information is based include, among others, that Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver will be able to satisfy the conditions to closing contained in the Agreement, that the Financing will be completed on terms favourable to Commonwealth Silver and Delta Gold, that the required approvals to the Transaction and matters relating thereto will be obtained from the shareholders of each of Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver, that all required regulatory and court approvals will be obtained on a timely basis and on terms favourable to each of Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver, that Commonwealth Silver will be able to satisfy the conditions to closing contained in the Purchase Agreement, and that the business prospects and opportunities of the Resulting Issuer will be as anticipated. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Delta Gold, Commonwealth Silver or the Resulting Issuer, and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct or accurate.

Risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted herein include, without limitation: the speculative nature of the mineral exploration and development industry; an inability to obtain any of the approvals required to complete the Transaction; volatility in financial markets or general economic conditions; capital requirements and the need for additional financing; fluctuations in international currency markets and in the rates of exchange for the currencies of Canada and the United States; price volatility in the spot and forward markets for commodities generally and for silver and gold in particular; discrepancies between actual and estimated production, mineral reserves and mineral resources, metallurgical recoveries and/or exploration results; changes in regulations and unpredictable political or economic developments in the countries in which the Resulting Issuer will or may carry on business; competition in the mineral exploration and development industry; loss of key personnel; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; labour disputes; and defective title to mineral claims or property, or contests over claims to mineral properties. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding (and the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover these risks), as well as the risks disclosed under the heading “Risks and Uncertainties” in the most recent management discussion and analysis for Delta Gold available under its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and actual results and future events could differ materially from those discussed in any such forward-looking information. All of the forward-looking information contained in this news release is qualified by these cautionary statements. Although Commonwealth Silver and Delta Gold believe that the forward-looking information contained herein is based on reasonable assumptions, readers cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with such statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on any of the forward-looking information contained herein. Each of Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information in this news release, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein in the United States. Such securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

Delta Gold Corporation
Marco A. Romero
President & CEO
604.681.2020 ext. 101
info@deltagold.com
http://www.deltagold.com

Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc.
Michael H. Farrant
President & CEO
416.278.4149
mfarrant@commonwealthsilver.ca
http://www.commonwealthsilver.ca

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Due to the fact that CommonwealthMine.org has been playing cat and mouse with Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. to collect information on what’s really happening in Pearce, Arizona it is likely that this press release will be removed from the internet once it has been found that we were able to access it. With that said, below are screenshots of the press release for record in case it is later taken off the web.

Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining

Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining

Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining

Delta Gold Corporation and Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining

Source: http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/press-releases/story.aspx?id=1003100813&er=NA

On the Defense: Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining explains Pearce project

The following article is written by Hall Stewart, Vice President of Exploration for Commonwealth Silver, and was posted to the Wilcox Range News on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

All text in black is from the original article in its entirety. Comments below each paragraph in red (Missing Facts) are from the publishers of this website and our friends and neighbors in Pearce, Arizona.

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Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining explains Pearce project

Hall Stewart Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining, Inc.

This letter in response to your recent article on The Commonwealth Project in Pearce, Ariz.

Canadians

In regard to the concern that Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining, Inc. is a Canadian entity, please let me introduce myself as one of the founders of the company.  My name is Hall Stewart.  I moved to Tucson as a child from Bowman, ND in 1964.  I have lived most of my life in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua, Mexico.  I graduated from The University of Arizona in 1983 and was recognized with the Evans B. Mayo award, 1983 as the University’s top undergraduate field geologist while attending field camp here in Cochise County.  I have hiked and camped extensively in the Chiricahuas, Dragoons, Santa Ritas, Rincons and Santa Catalina mountains.  I’m not Canadian, I’m a southwestern good ol’ boy.

Missing Facts:

  • Hall Stewart was brought into this company by Michael Farrant, Founder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Silver (a Canadian mining company) for the sake of making themselves look less like outsiders in the eyes of the people of Arizona.
  • Hall Stewart has a personal stake in the Commonwealth Mine that is worth “millions of dollars”, and he is willing to serve his Canadian masters at the expense of poisoning our water and destroying our environment.
  • Note that Mr. Stewart did not mention the words “open-pit” or “cyanide” anywhere in this article. However, in his previous statements to the Wilcox Range News, “the company proposes a 100 meter deep open-pit cyanide-leach silver-gold operation.” http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/news/article_82599ba6-cfe6-11e3-ac63-001a4bcf887a.html Very interesting, and important to note, that Mr. Stewart omitted these details in this article.
  • The only thing that is factual in this first paragraph is that Hall Stewart is a “good ol’ boy“. And as we all know by now, the good ol’ boy approach to protecting our water and lands are not acceptable.

I was introduced to the Commonwealth mine by my economic geology professor, John Guilbert, in 1982.  I worked on a drill program at the Commonwealth Project for Glamis Gold Corp in 1991.  In 2009 I was informed that the Commonwealth Project was inactive and could be bought or optioned from the owners.  With two partners I organized Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining, Inc. in 2010.  We organized the company in Canada because Canada has a regulatory system that oversees mineral exploration companies and Canadian investors are accustomed to taking the high risks associated with finding an economic mineral deposit.  If the majority ownership of the company is Canadian it is because there are few John Waynes left in this country that have the cojones to invest the time, effort and money required to make discoveries and develop them to the benefit of the communities where they are found.

Missing Facts:

  • Hall Stewart claims to have organized Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining, Inc. in 2010. As previously stated, the company was founded by Michael Farrant, Founder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Silver (a Canadian mining company) and Hall Stewart was brought in to represent the company as an all American “good ol’ boy” venture. To add insult to injury, this Canadian organization has “proudly” raised an American flag on the mines peak, since we have called them out as Canadians.
  • Commonwealth Silver was organized in Canada because they ARE A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY.
  • Canada has a long history of a dysfunctional mining regulatory system that turns a blind eye to environmental and human rights abuses for the sole sake of profit.
  • Canadian mining companies are notorious for ravaging water and lands and leaving the locals to deal with the costly clean up, health problems, and land that is wasted for generations to come. Canadian mining companies are also well-known for corruption, murder, and rape.
  • Hall Stewart’s statement of “there being few John Wayne’s left in America” is insulting to all of us as Americans – and especially to our veterans who are John Waynes’ everyday. How dare Hall Stewart say such a thing…. Are we, the people of Arizona, lacking the “cojones” as Stewart saysto invest the time, effort and money required to make discoveries and develop them to the benefit of the communities where they are found“? No we are not! Open-pit cyanide mining does not resonate “investing the time, effort and money required to make discoveries and develop them to the benefit of the communities where they are found“. How does open-pit cyanide mining in Pearce benefit anyone other than the mining companies, their investors, and Hall Stewart himself?

The millions of dollars we have brought in from foreign investors and the many millions more we plan to bring in are to the benefit of the local community.  The company has and will continue to have a preference for hiring locally.  We have extensively used local contractors wherever possible including Apache Ace Hardware, A&M Pro Contractors, Frei Trucking and Darling Environmental and Surveying.

Missing Facts:

  • The millions of dollars Hall Stewart claims to have brought in from “foreign investors” and the many millions more they plan to bring in DO NOT benefit the local community. There is no benefit in non-sustainable jobs, that result in poisoning our decreasing water supply with cyanide and damaging our land for decades to come.
  • Hall Stewart claims that company has and will continue to have a preference for hiring locally. First of all, they are not hiring anyone as the photo below clearly shows.commonwealth mine jobs
  • Hall Stewart also claims to have extensively used local contractors wherever possible including, Apache Ace Hardware. Go ahead and talk with our friends at Apache Ace Hardware in Pearce, Arizona and ask them about how the Commonwealth Mine has benefited their business….

Cooperation with our neighbors in both Canada and Mexico is the path to a prosperous future for the U.S.A. This is especially true when money is brought in from outside and spent here.

Missing Facts:

  • Economic history proves time and time again, that “cooperation” with our neighbors in both Canada and Mexico leads to lower paying jobs for the American people, and the only people who benefit are the government, large corporations, and their investors.
  • Who does Hall Stewart think he is to tell us what creates a path to a prosperous future for the USA? Is he Bill Gates? Warren Buffett? And where did Hall Stewart study economics??? His propaganda sounds a lot like that of the Bush Administration that put us all in the economic mess we are in now.

History of community service

The Pearce Elementary school was built on land leased to the school by the Commonwealth Mining and Milling Company in 1914. Much of the funding for the original school construction came from the mining company. Our company has continued to support the school donating $5,000 worth of chairs to the school gymnasium.

Missing Facts:

  • The Pearce Elementary School may have been built on land leased to the school by the Commonwealth Mining and Milling Company in 1914. This statement has nothing to do with Hall Stewart and his Canadian mining cronies of Commonwealth Silver.
  • Much of the funding for the original school construction came from the Commonwealth Mining and Milling Company in 1914, which has no relation to Commonwealth Silver of Canada. How dare Hall Stewart, treat the people of Pearce as idiots by trying to make it sound as if the Canadian company he’s working for did such things for our community.
  • Hall Stewart claims that “his” company has continued to support the Pearce Elementary School by “donating $5,000 worth of chairs to the school gymnasium“. Even if this is so…. Why aren’t they doing anything to resolve the high arsenic levels that have made the school’s drinking water undrinkable? If you are currently familiar with the Pearce Elementary School, you KNOW that excessive arsenic levels in the school’s drinking water were not the issue they are now that Commonwealth Silver has restarted operations at the Commonwealth Mine.

In projects I have previously managed, the exploration companies have been very involved with the communities nearby.  In Ocampo Chihuahua the mining company paid to bring the electrical grid into the remote mountain community.  This company also donated a four-year scholarship to the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua to one of the local high school seniors.  This young man completed a degree in biology and is now the Manager of Environmental Affairs for the mine.  Who could be a better steward of the local environment than a man raised in those hills?  Another company brought the electrical grid to Palmarejo, Chihuahua.  These towns previously had no electricity.  In Tahuehueto, Durango the area we worked had a tiny village of about 20 houses, none of which had indoor toilets.  The company bought and installed 20 toilets to the appreciation of the local residents, especially the women.  In Motaje, Nayarit the company I managed built a pedestrian bridge over an arroyo in the middle of the town that was impassable during the rainy months.

Missing Facts:

  • Hall Stewart claims that in projects he has “previously managed, the exploration companies have been very involved with the communities nearby“. The fact that very few people in Pearce are even aware of the Commonwealth Mine project being a Canadian operation quickly discredits Stewart’s claim. Furthermore, no one in Pearce has ever heard the name Hall Stewart or Michael Farrant. So much for being “very” involved with our community. If anything, Hall Stewart and Commonwealth Silver are avoiding us at all costs, because they know that the majority of us are not in favor of the long-term environmental damage they want to do to our community.
  • As per Hall Stewart, “In Ocampo Chihuahua the mining company paid to bring the electrical grid into the remote mountain community“. Let’s be honest here, the mining company did this for themselves. Please don’t play the hero with us Mr. Stewart… Exxon could also say that they have done many great things for the people of Alaska. Open-pit cyanide mining in our community, and right next to our elementary school, isn’t that far off from any comparison of Hall Stewart and his Canadian company with Exxon and the extensive health and environmental problems they have caused Alaska and others worldwide.
  • According to Hall Stewart, his Canadian company also donated a four-year scholarship to “one” local high school senior. Very interesting to note that this young man with little experience is now the Manager of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth Mine.
  • Hall Stewart also is proud to boast that, “In Tahuehueto, Durango the area we worked had a tiny village of about 20 houses, none of which had indoor toilets. The company bought and installed 20 toilets to the appreciation of the local residents, especially the women“.  What? Please don’t tell us about how you’re helping our communities and pleasing our “women folk” with your great deeds…. This is insulting to all of us!

Barren and low plant diversity

I made a comment to the Willcox Range News that has drawn considerable criticism and for this I apologize.  However, I would like to clarify that the saline soils associated with the Willcox Playa and the arid conditions of the Sulphur Springs Valley do support my comment.  Arizona is the state with the second highest plant diversity of any of the 50 states.  I studied arid lands plants in high school and at the University of Arizona.  When compared with the very high plant diversity of the saguaro-paloverde vegetation community of the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, the Chihuahuan desertscrub/semi-desert grassland of the Sulphur Springs Valley is indeed a low diversity area.  It is not without appreciation for the stark beauty of the area that I made my comment.

Missing Facts:

  • First of all, the people of Pearce do not care about Hall Stewart’s empty apologies. Hall Stewart’s comment to the Willcox Range News that has drawn considerable criticism deserves it.
  • Stewart is correct in stating that Arizona has the second highest plant diversity of any of the 50 states. However, his newest statement, of “When compared with the very high plant diversity of the saguaro-paloverde vegetation community of the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, the Chihuahuan desertscrub/semi-desert grassland of the Sulphur Springs Valley is indeed a low diversity area.” is a complete political spin job by Mr. Stewart for his company and his own financial interests. Cochise county has numerous plants and animals that are already threatened or endangered.

Water

The precise numbers for water use and water source areas will be included in Commonwealth Silver’s pre-feasibility study and Aquifer Protection Permit Application.  I do want to address our current plans in general terms.  Our current technical report or Preliminary Economic Assessment scopes the water-flow rate of the proposed processing plant at 3,000 gallons per minute.  The majority of this water will re-circulate indefinitely.  A small portion of the water, estimated at 15 to 20 percent of the total, may be lost to evaporation.  We are currently planning on pumping 600 gallons per minute from groundwater in the Douglas basin south of Pearce.  This rate of water use is comparable to the annual water required for about 200 acres of alfalfa.  This compares well with the water use rates of our neighbors in the agricultural community.  Our proposed source area in the Douglas Basin is well away from current water users and we expect that the planned hydrological study will show that our pumping for process water will have little or no impact on the area.

Missing Facts:

  • Note that Hall Stewart does not want to address his companies current plans that concern our water in this article. This is a standard Canadian mining company tactic, don’t discuss the truth, and when you do sugar coat it so the local communities won’t know what hit them until it’s too late.
  • Per Hall Stewart, “Our current technical report or Preliminary Economic Assessment scopes the water-flow rate of the proposed processing plant at 3,000 gallons per minute“. If you’re a long time resident of the Pearce area, you know that we are already struggling for water and this will only worsen with this year’s historically dry weather. We cannot afford to share our limited water supply with a Canadian mining company. Would we share our limited water with a Chinese or Mexican company? The answer is a resounding NO!!! So why should we allow Commonwealth Silver to waste our water in the pursuit of riches for themselves and their Canadian investors?
  • Note that 20 percent of water lost to “evaporation” is no small number. What if we lost 20% of our water today due to “evaporation” and the remainder was poisoned with mining chemicals such as cyanide? How does this benefit our community Mr. Stewart? We, and others in our community, welcome any “honest” and open communication with you and your Canadian company.
  • Hall Stewart comparing their “proposed” water use with our neighbors in the agricultural community is unfair. Since this water for our agricultural community produces goods for our farms and ranches. Hall Stewart and Commonwealth Silver on the other hand, wants to use our limited water supply solely for their own personal financial gain.This is unacceptable to the people of Pearce, and we will not quietly stand by while the Commonwealth Mine project lays our water and land to waste.
  • Mr. Stewart’s proposed water source area is in the “Douglas Basin area”, (click to see that this OUR water), this does not make his company’s plan for a 100 meter deep open-pit cyanide-leach silver-gold operation in our community acceptable. We do not want our water and land poisoned.
  • All Canadian mining companies state the usual, and intentional lies of their operations having “little or no impact on the area“. Please define for us Mr. Stewart, how you would use the words, “little or no impact” along with “open-pit cyanide mine” in a sentence. You are welcome to comment on this post.

Silver as a “Green” metal

The mine will produce both silver and gold. Gold is used primarily as a hedge against currency devaluation.  Silver is a high tech metal used in many of the products of the future that will help lessen man’s inevitable environmental impact.  Silver is the principal component of photovoltaic solar panels.  Once manufactured, these panels generate electricity for more than 20 years without further investment or operating cost.  Arizona is an ideal place for solar electrical generation.  Silver is bacteriostatic, that is bacteria cannot reproduce in the presence of silver.  Silver is used in all modern drinking-water filters to prevent bacterial growth.  Silver is also used in electronics, high-tech mirrors, specialized garments, medicines, etc.  Once produced, much silver can be re-cycled indefinitely.

Missing Facts:

  • The economic lesson provided by Hall Stewart, “Gold is used primarily as a hedge against currency devaluation“, is insulting to us as members of the community, and further demonstrates that he and his Canadian mining “partners” believe that we are “weak little men”, and our “women folk” are a bunch of stupid hicks desperately seeking the comfort of a toilet…. Show some respect Mr. Stewart. You are as crass as the Canadian mining company that you serve.
  • Silver is a high tech metal used in many of the products of the future that will help lessen man’s inevitable environmental impact“. Where did Hall Stewart come up with this line? Is he not aware of new materials that are being developed by great minds such as those at MIT? Which Stewart’s Canadian friends may better recognize as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • As for silver being used for solar panels, Mr. Stewart is simply using this topic to distract us from the fact of his company plans to develop a 100 meter deep open-pit cyanide mine that will poison our water and harm our environment….
  • According to Mr. Stewart, “Silver is used in all modern drinking-water filters to prevent bacterial growth“.  Can his company do anything to protect our water from the cyanide and arsenic they plan on poisoning us with? The Pearce Elementary School could use help with their arsenic problem… So, how can you help our community Mr. Stewart? Short-term jobs at the expense of our environment isn’t going to cut it.

Looking forward

Mining projects are long term projects that provide high-tech jobs.  I invite young people in the community to consider preparing for jobs as geologists, mining engineers, surveyors, machine operators, metallurgists, accountants, human resources professionals, drillers, blasters, truck drivers, crusher operators, environmental technicians, computer scientists and others.  Many rural communities like the idea of their youth being able to find well-paid work close to home.  Wouldn’t it be great if, like at Ocampo, the Manager of Environmental Affairs was a local resident with roots in the community?

Missing Facts:

  • One of our supporters against the Commonwealth Mine has spent over a decade working with leading high-tech companies, including Microsoft and Google and even she doesn’t understand how Hall Stewart and his Canadian mining company are going to produce “high-tech jobs”. Apparently Mr. Stewart doesn’t understand what a high-tech job is, or what his Canadian company is offering. What mining really offers are “basic industry jobs”, not high-tech jobs – and as rule they are for a very short-term – Boom and Bust. Below is the sign, at the main entrance of the Commonwealth Mine, which clearly shows the type of jobs the Commonwealth Mine is pretending to offer, note on the top right of the sign “Basic Industry Jobs”.commonwealth mine
    And again, here is the “REAL DEAL” sign of what they are offering our community….
    No Job for You
  • It is funny that Hall Stewart “invites” young people in our community “to consider preparing for jobs as geologists, mining engineers, surveyors, machine operators“, etc. since his company has no intention of hiring any of us, due to the fact that they want to keep our community in the dark as to what they’re doing at the mine. If you question this statement, go on over to the mine and ask them about the opportunities they have to offer for our “young people”. Or better yet,call Mr. Stewart’s Tucson office and ask about their current employment opportunities at 520-790-1914.
  • Hall Stewart said, “Wouldn’t it be great if, like at Ocampo, the Manager of Environmental Affairs was a local resident with roots in the community?“. Yes, Mr. Stewart that would truly be great, since if he was, he wouldn’t be working for you and your Canadian mining company. Would this young man work to develop a 100 meter deep open-pit cyanide mine in his home town? That’s right…. He wouldn’t.

It is my sincere hope that the community will continue to be supportive of our project and will welcome the economic diversification the mine will bring to the Sulphur Springs Valley.  I have a very positive outlook for the future and welcome the community to share in it.

Missing Facts:

  • Of course it is Hall Stewart’s sincere hope that our community will be supportive of the Commonwealth Mine project, since he will personally make millions of dollars at the expense of our water and land if we all sit by and allow it.
  • Deep open-pit cyanide mines do provide economic diversification that is very short-lived – and result in high costs for our community to clean up after our land is poisoned and left in destruction.
  • Hall Stewart does have a positive outlook for the future of the Commonwealth Mine project and he will tell whatever lies it takes to fool our community into sharing his vision. Don’t be a fool. Stand up and speak out, before the damage is done

Original article source: http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/opinion/editorials/article_d1a82aae-e5fa-11e3-a973-001a4bcf887a.html

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