Groundhog Day (Again) for Resolution Copper?
As if reliving its own personal Groundhog Day time loop, Resolution Copper managed to have its 12th land exchange bill since 2005 (H.R. 687) introduced into the US House of Representatives last week, seeking to acquire land at Oak Flat, Arizona. A companion bill was also introduced in the US Senate.
And it’s no surprise that this 12th bill is identical to its predecessor.
The Oak Flat area has been protected from mining exploration for over fifty years because it contains fantastic recreational resources for rock climbers, hikers, birdwatchers, bikers, campers, and others. It is also a historically sacred site to many Native Americans, including the local San Carlos Apache tribe.
All twelve of these bills that Resolution Copper has introduced have been remarkably similar and have all failed to become law. Perhaps Resolution Copper would benefit from taking a page out of Phil Connors’ book (famously depicted by Bill Murray in the classic comedy Groundhog Day), and rethink its priorities, considering a more socially responsible plan for the Oak Flat mine.
Much of the current
opposition to their new mine would disappear if they would simply propose a non-subsidence
mining technique that protects the recreational and cultural resources at Oak
Resolution must fundamentally change its way of thinking in order to get a land exchange bill passed. And economic modeling by PhD mining experts indicates that non-subsidence mining by Resolution would be financially viable. It’s simply untrue that destructive mining techniques such as block caving must be employed to profitably mine the copper ore under Oak Flat. Resolution should be willing to compromise on this point in exchange for being allowed to mine beneath this valuable piece of land that was specifically set aside for protection.
Only then will they escape this perpetual loop of failed land exchange bills.