TUCSON, Ariz. - The company that wants to build an open-pit copper mine in southeastern Arizona says it still hopes to prevail after a federal judge's decision this week to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's approval of the project.
The proposed $1.9 billion open-pit mine has been in legal limbo since a ruling by the federal court in Tucson halted work July 31 - a day before the scheduled start of construction by Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment about Judge James A. Soto's Monday ruling.