- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal judge has halted plans for a mining project in southern Arizona, saying the U.S. Forest Service was wrong in allowing the project to move forward without a thorough environmental review.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1ijsUrW ) U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Marquez in Tucson said Tuesday the Forest Service did not consider the full environmental impacts caused by the proposed drilling and other nearby mining projects.

The Canada-based mining company Regal Resources USA Inc. was scheduled to begin drilling Oct. 1 to explore copper in a national forest area near Patagonia.

The Forest Service approved the project in April, determining the drilling would be short-term and wouldn’t significantly affect wildlife. Environmental groups challenged the decision, calling for a more detailed review to assess the impact on endangered species.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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