December 9th, 2014 Last Updated on: December 11th, 2014
This made me so angry when I read about it last week. According to reports from multiple sources, a recent defense bill was hiding a provision that would grant an illegal land swap near Superior, Arizona, so foreign company Rio Tinto PLC could mine copper.
Nicole Nesberg created a petition at WhiteHouse.GOV to stop the transfer of land. From the petition:
Resolution Copper — a Rio Tinto venture with BHP Billiton Ltd. — would be given more than 2,000 acres of federal land in return for more than 5,000 acres of company land.
Conservation advocates and American Indian groups, particularly the San Carlos Apache Tribe, have for years been trying to block the swap, saying the mine would damage natural resources and culturally sensitive areas. A site called Apache Leap in the Tonto National Forest has been of particular concern.
I don't know how well these petitions work, but I'm signing!
The Senate is set to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act this week and it is expected to pass.
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