A state hearing officer on Wednesday recommended rescinding a permit given to a company to extract copper from the ground underneath Florence using chemicals.Read More »
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PHOENIX (AP) — A former mining company executive has testified it was fishy that then-Congressman Rick Renzi insisted during a 2005 phone conservation that a proposed exchange involving federal land sought by the executive's company needed to include a particular piece of privately owned property.Read More »
Federal legislation that would allow plans for a copper mine in southern Arizona to move forward has cleared one of its congressional hurdles.Read More »
As the Florence Town Council contemplates whether to approve a controversial copper mine, the shadow of the Governor’s Office is looming over Town Hall.Read More »
In the “mutual benefits agreement” signed in 2008 and renewed recently, Superior pledged its support for federal legislation that would make a huge copper mine possible by exchanging protected land in the Tonto National Forest for parcels of comparable value elsewhere in the state. Any official communication opposing the plan to the governor or a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation would void the deal, and the town agreed to provide letters of support to those same officials.
But in promoting its plans Resolution Copper Mining LLC, the company that would set up the new mine, has created similar agreements with groups whose opposition could be detrimental.