A Canadian mining company is poised to
sue the Town of Florence for $403
million in the combative dispute over a
proposed copper mine 60 miles southeast
Vancouver-based Curis Resources Ltd. has
filed a notice of claim for a possible
pending lawsuit against the town. Such a
move is required under Arizona law when
a business or individual wants to sue a
Curis and the town have been battling
over the Florence Copper Project, a
copper pumping project proposed by the
The lawsuit notice is in response to
legal actions taken by the town to
condemn 1,200 acres of Florence Copper
land and seize it via eminent domain.
The town wants to build a waste water
treatment plant on that site.
“We are being forced to file a Notice of
Claim against the town due to the town
council’s unwarranted attempt to take
our private property,” said Rita
Maguire, executive vice president
and general counsel of Florence Copper.
“As a publicly traded company, we have a
fiduciary obligation to protect the
interests of shareholders and that is
why this action is being taken today.”
Florence Assistant City Manager Jess
the town is taking the notice seriously
but is also confident in the legality of
its actions against the mine. Knudson
said the town has not received legal
papers on the lawsuit warning.
Curis wants to extract copper from the
Florence site via pumping processing
involving water and sulfuric acid. The
company insists the process is safe and
is applying for approvals from the
Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality (ADEQ) and U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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