Whatever. These quotations are precious:
Article: Company officials said their Davidson Canyon crossing will largely be an expansion of an existing crossing, and that disturbance will be temporary because the area will be restored to its original condition once the quarrying is finished.The first one is sad because it's so obvious that the company will never be able to restore the environment to its natural state (assuming they even try!)
USACE email: They have not applied for any permits yet. I have sent them a warning that their work in uplands is predecisional and while we cannot prevent it, it is predecisional and they are working at their own risk if we deny their permit.
The second one is scary because it implies that the company has started working in the area (without permission). I am not scared that they may get their permit denied. I am scared that they are "creating facts on the ground" that will render any decision moot.*
Bottom Line: Mining companies have long dominated land (and water) use in Arizona. It appears that they are, yet again, doing what they want, damn the laws, regulations, environment or will of the people. Sad.
* I use "creating facts on the ground" -- a popular way to describe Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank -- intentionally. That's because some people think that the deed, once done, is justified. Hitler thought so; Stalin thought so; Mao thought so; and so do Israelis, but note how their "democracy" delivers a blow that many thought only dictators were cruel enough to deliver. (Wait, hypocrisy check. Yes, the US did this to Iraq et al. Damn.) As a recent update to Israel's "facts on the ground" campaign, check out this report (via PW) of Israelis destroying Palestinian wells. That's inhumane.