A federal appeals court has thrown out a bid by environmental groups to challenge expanded coal mining on the Navajo Reservation that powers the Four Corners Power Plant.
The Navajo Nation will spend $2.3 million to study the purchase of a coal mine in the Four Corners region.
As it prepares for a huge copper mine set to open near Superior in 2021, Resolution Copper Co. is urging state lawmakers to allow miners who work underground to be scheduled for shifts of up to 12 hours.
With prices high and backing in place from some of the world's largest mining companies, the hunt for copper in the American Southwest is experiencing a revival.
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 [...]
Mining drove this town’s economy when Lynn Heglie decided to open a restaurant here in the early 1990s.