By design there was no central presentation or even welcome to focus the attentions of the curious. Call it commercial by information dispersal. The goal of course of this approach is to deep six any possible coordinated reaction that might disrupt the early stages of a controversial mining project in the Galiuros. So locals were left to their own devices to wander around, peering at slick displays and asking a question or two of various character wearing Faraday logoed shirts.
I had several conversations with Faraday shirt wearers that followed a template always ending with "too early to say".
The upshot of the non-event seemed to be "time will tell". Maybe Faraday is just doing advance work (drill, assay, raise capital, promote); or maybe Faraday will be involved in the actual mining. One tout said open pit 'yes', another not so sure. Nothing about water use, nothing about risks to the environment, or economic trade offs (which are huge now that the Tri-Community has rotated away from blasting, hauling and smelting ore in favor of tourism and open space recreation). And nothing about a union (too soon to tell...).
So I suppose it's fair to say Faraday may call the event a success - a community gathering with a box checked somewhere, somehow ... without riling up too many more of us locals. I'm sure corporate is pleased that the security force had nothing to do beyond showing up in force.
Truth be told, however, some locals are already riled up having put together a well crafted website: coppercreekmine.com.
I've gotten a lot of pointed reactions from locals who attended the event described above. Two in particular stand out. Here's Craig Anderson's:
"Very nicely done Frank. The "Oracle Chronicles" accurately captured the non-event ... sales event. There were a few of us that were "put off"... "dismayed" by the "International Security Services" ominous black SUV and personnel in bulletproof vests we passed to enter the San Manuel, Mammoth and Oracle Community Centers.
As Faraday said in their NI 43-101 Technical Report Mineral Resource Estimate Copper Creek Project, Arizona
Report Date: August 18, 2022., section 5.5 Infrastructure Availability and Sources "The area is in a mining-friendly and politically stable jurisdiction with extensive infrastructure, including power, rail, water, roads, and access to skilled personnel."
Another comment comes from an individual with lifelong employment experience in the mining industry. His curiosity piqued by the Faraday claims, he four wheeled to the Copper Creek location. He found the remote location access-challenged and the proposed mine scheme itself likely more "speculative scam" than productive venture.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.