Hudbay Minerals (TSX, NYSE: HBM) has scored a small but key win in the United States after an Arizona judge ruled in favour of the company’s planned Copper World mine.
The ruling dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by three Native American tribes and a coalition of environmental groups, which aimed to stop ongoing work on Copper World.
Their attempt was based on a separate ruling earlier this month preventing Hudbay from moving forward with the larger and neighbouring US$2 billion Rosemont open pit copper project
In his 16-page verdict, District judge James A. Soto said that the proposed Rosemont and Copper World mines in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson were not legally related.
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