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Vote on Resolution Copper land bill delayed

Keywords: Tags  Resolution Copper, land bill, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton

NEW YORK — The U.S. House of Representatives has delayed voting on a bill that would allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. access to a large copper deposit in exchange for some land to put in conservation.

Reps. Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D., Ariz.) introduced a bill in which the company would swap more than 5,000 acres of land it owns in southeastern Arizona for 2,400 acres of federal land near Superior, Ariz., that contains a large copper deposit.

Supporters of the bill say the mine would add jobs in Arizona, while opponents say it would desecrate a site sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe and consume large amounts of water.

Resolution Copper Mining Co. is a joint venture between a Rio Tinto Plc. subsidiary and BHP Billiton Plc.

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