Delay of mine in ‘Copper Corridor’ could have ‘devastating’ effects of economy in region

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Resolution Copper.) Photo via Resolution Copper

By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News

Businesses and community leaders in Arizona’s historic “Copper Corridor” are calling foul on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its recent decision to rescind an important step toward completion of a land swap that is essential to the development of the Resolution Copper mine. 

At stake are thousands of jobs in the struggling region, said Superior Mayor Mila Besich, who is trying to get the word out about how important the Resolution Copper Project is to the mining region.  

Besich said the unexpected setback came after years of negotiating in good faith with all concerned parties to address environmental and other community concerns. The copper mine, which has been working for almost a decade to get all permits in place, is projected to employ 3,700 workers and generate more than $1 billion in annual economic benefit when fully operational.  

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