We are at the tail end of the 112th Congress and have been able to keep the Oak Flat land exchange from moving in the US Senate. However, Senators Kyl and McCain are intent on pushing through the Oak Flat land exchange (HR 1904) this year to give more government handouts to two of the world’s largest mining companies.
Congress is back after the elections in a lame duck session that should wrap up by the end of the year. Kyl and McCain will most likely attempt to attach HR 1904 to important legislation instead of letting the Senate decide on the merits of the bill. Because of the controversial nature of the Oak Flat land exchange, this would amount to adding a poison pill to any necessary legislation.
Do not let Senators McCain and Kyl divert the Congress from important business by inserting their destructive special interest bill.
Oak Flat is located an hour east of Phoenix, Arizona and is a riparian paradise now protected from mining for recreational and cultural activities. The Oak Flat land exchange would give away scared lands critical for religious freedom and for many recreational and cultural opportunities to allow Rio Tinto and BHP to build a destructive mine. Oak Flat and the surrounding watershed is home to imperiled plants and animals that need our protection.
Contact your Senators and ask them to oppose any attempt to move the Oak Flat land exchange, HR 1904, and to continue to protect Oak Flat for cultural, spiritual, and recreational opportunities. Ask them to protect Oak Flat and the surrounding watershed.
Please pass this alert along to friends, colleagues and relatives that live outside of Arizona.
Roger Featherstone, Director
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