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San Carlos Apache Tribe Announces Towns Of Superior & Queen Valley Join Opposition To H.R. 687 (Southeast Conservation & Land



   San Carlos Apache Tribe Announces Towns Of Superior & Queen Valley Join
 Opposition To H.R. 687 (Southeast Conservation & Land Exchange Act Of 2013)

City of Globe Tables Its Support

PR Newswire

SAN CARLOS, Ariz., March 18, 2013

SAN CARLOS, Ariz., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Town of Superior on
March 13, 2013 voted unanimously to oppose H.R. 687.  "We cannot afford this
deal or support it until Resolution Copper Mine (RCM) comes clean," said Soyla
"Kiki" Peralta, Council Member, Town of Superior.  She cited concerns over
water and environmental issues and noted that the plan of operations for the
mine has not been disclosed, discussed or addressed.  Previously the Town
voted to terminate its Mutual Benefits Agreement with RCM after the mining
company required the Town to borrow $8 million to purchase land already owned
or permitted to the Town. 

Queen Valley Homeowners Association, representing the unincorporated town,
passed a resolution January 11, 2013 opposing H.R. 687.  It cited its concern
that the mining company has been pumping 900,000 gallons of water a day out of
the Queen Creek drainage area. "This is water our community depends on," said
John Krieg, a board member.  "We support jobs and economic growth, but not at
the expense of others."

The City of Globe unanimously tabled a resolution in support of H.R. 687
largely because of concerns over RCM's requirement for 40,000 acre feet a year
of water.  "That amount of water could supply the City of Globe for 16 years,
and that level of consumption could easily pull down our aquifer. Without full
disclosure from RCM about its water needs or compliance with the National
Environmental Policy Act before the passage of H.R. 687, I cannot support
these kinds of mining operations," said Globe Councilman Dezi Baker.

H.R. 687, the "Southeast Conservation and Land Exchange Act of 2013," would
give Resolution Copper Mine permission for a block cave copper mine, 7,000
feet deep, in the Tonto National Forest.  The mine would destroy an area set
aside in 1955 by President Eisenhower that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache
Tribe and other tribes. It would mandate the Secretary of Agriculture to
transfer more than 2,400 acres of Oak Flat Campground and surrounding public
land in the Tonto National Forest to the private, international mining giant. 
RCM is owned by Rio Tinto (PLC) United Kingdom and BHP Billiton Ltd.
Australia. China also has an ownership interest in RCM.  This bill goes before
the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Natural Resources Committee March
21, 2013.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe has led the opposition to the land exchange bill.
"We, along with many tribes, and recreational and environmental organizations,
have opposed this land swap and the mine for more than seven years.  The mine
would be an environmental disaster on an unprecedented scale and the job
claims made by the copper company are unsubstantiated.  As Apaches, we will
continue to fight to preserve this land for us and for all Arizonans," said
Terry Rambler, Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Tribes throughout the U.S. have joined in opposition to the land exchange
along with major environmental and civic organizations, including the Apache
Spirit Runners, Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter, Tucson Audubon Society,
Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition and others. 

Contact: Tanayia White
             928.961.0603

SOURCE San Carlos Apache Tribe
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