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.