Arizona Mining Reform CoalitionWorking to ensure mining is done responsibly to protect communities and the environment in Arizona.
The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition is comprised of Arizona groups and individuals that work to ensure that responsible mining contributes to healthy communities, a healthy environment, and, when all costs are factored in, is a net benefit to Arizona. The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition expects the mining industry to clean up after itself, comply fully with the spirit of safeguards in place to protect Arizona, and to interact in a transparent and open manner with Arizona citizens.
“With Arizona entering its 21st year of a long-term drought and the potential to pollute and deplete the town of Superior’s water supply, how can anyone let this happen, considering it would be a failed mining experiment? The east valley municipalities of Queen Creek, Gilbert, and San Tan area beware, this project would wipe out your water supply. The project itself will consume 40,000 acre feet of water a year which is the same as Tempe, Arizona ,which has a population of 180,000 people.”
In the wake of Rio TInto’s destruction of sacred rock shelters in the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia in May of 2020, Rio Tinto has made grand pronouncement of how they would never again destory a sacred site anywhere in the world. In light of the caompany’s plan to do exactly that at Oak Flat, what does Rio Tinto’s promises mean?
We’ve written a white paper looking at the similarities between what Rio Tinto did at Juuakn Gorge and what they would like to do at Oak Flat.
We need your help to keep Oak Flat in public ownership for everyone to enjoy. If you live in the United States you have additional opportunities to protect Oak Flat by contacting the US Forest Service. No matter where you live, please send an email to Simon Thompson, the Chairman of the Board of Rio Tinto, and ask him to not steal Oak Flat and to abandon the project.
The US Forest Service announced today that they will be publishing a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on January 15, 2021, for the controversial Resolution Copper proposal to destroy Oak Flat by building a large underground copper mine.
At every step of the NEPA process, we’ve cautioned the Forest Service to follow their laws and regulations and not bow to Resolution Copper and their supporters. At every step, the Forest has let us down. The results of the review by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation shows us just how flawed the Resolution Copper process has been and just how eager Rio Tinto and BHP have been to place their project over the protection of our cultural and ecological heritage. This is yet another reason why Tonto National Forest needs to write an updated and complete Draft Environmental Impact Statement before rushing to judgement.
The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition was founded in 2006 to protect Arizona’s communities and the environment. As a coordinating coalition, we work to make sure our member groups are aware of mining impacts and threats and are empowered to act to protect to their communities and constituencies.
Our goals are threefold:
- To inform our members and the public about mining issues that impact Arizona’s communities and the environment and to empower them to act.
- Work to strengthen and improve Arizona’s mining rules and regulations.
- Work to strengthen and improve federal mining rules and regulations.
We currently have 17 member organizations representing hundreds of thousands of folks across the country and thousands of individual members. Our member organizations range from small local groups like the Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition to large national organizations like the Sierra Club. Our members run the gamut from the faith community, to rock climbing advocacy groups, and to conservation non-profits.