"The [US] Department of Agriculture has pushed forward the release of an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Resolution Copper mine in
Oak Flat Arizona. The release of this document kickstarts a 60-Day
timeline in which federal land must be handed over to Resolution Copper,
a joint venture between Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton Mining. The EIS,
previously set for a December, 2021 publication date, is now expected as
early as January.
The copper mine would be the largest in North America, sinking a section
of the Tonto National Forest into a two-mile wide crater. This process,
called block caving, targets an untapped copper vein 7,000 feet below
The land demolished would include Oak Flat Campground, a popular
recreation area and Chich’il Bildagoteel, a culturally important site
for local Apache.
Rio Tinto operates world-wide with a significant presence in Australia,
Namibia, and Mongolia. Environmental groups and native populations have
been vocally critical of the company’s practices."
Via Muse, who wrote "This is an article about what Rio Tinto is still
being enabled to do to our world. More government bad faith."
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Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics