(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Resolution Copper.) Photo via Resolution Copper Facebook
By Mark Cowling | Pinal Central
FLORENCE – The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved sending a letter to President Joe Biden Wednesday expressing the board’s continued support of the Resolution Copper Project and federal land exchange near Superior that makes it possible.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently delayed the land swap in order to consult with Native American tribes and other concerned groups for further environmental review.
The proposed mine is one of the largest copper resources in North America. Some Native American and conservation groups believe it will destroy sacred and environmentally sensitive land. The board’s letter expresses concern “about the last-minute decision” to rescind the mine’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS):
“Mining is an important part of the heritage of Pinal County. Resolution Copper has demonstrated that it will support preservation of this heritage and rural economic development with measures such as the Copper Triangle Cultural Heritage Preservation Fund and the Copper Triangle Community Development Fund. Both measures will help provide the tools necessary for our rural communities to prosper beyond mining and well into the future.