NEW YORK The
U.S. House of Representatives will vote Sept. 26 on a bill to
allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. to exchange more than 5,000
acres of land it owns throughout Arizona for 2,400 acres of
federal land near Superior, Ariz., containing a large copper
The copper industry
"has played a major role in Arizonas early growth and
economic development," Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D., Ariz.), one of
the bills co-sponsors, said via e-mail. "We know that
across the globe, there is a great needan economic
demandfor the high-grade copper these communities can
produce, so we believe there is a way, through efforts like the
Superior Mine, to bring more jobs and economic development to
Rep. Paul Gosar (R.,
Ariz.), the bills other co-sponsor, was unavailable for
comment, but said during an American Copper Council meeting in
April that the move would bring more than 3,700 jobs to the
amm.com, April 25).
Opponents of the bill
say the mine would desecrate a site sacred to the San Carlos
Apache tribe and consume huge volumes of water.
"This is an important
step and were optimistic that it will pass the House,"
Resolution Copper spokesman Bruce Richardson said. The company
is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Plc.
The legislation was
first introduced in 2005 and passed the House in 2011 (
amm.com, Oct. 27, 2011).
"In the meantime,
weve continued to work on getting the baseline studies
and all the other information so we can submit a plan of
operations," he said. "Were trying to have that by the
end of the year."
The bill is an
important step toward responsibly developing more mining
projects, American Resources Policy Network president Daniel