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
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.