Your action is needed now to stop a serious attempt by Rio Tinto and their allies in the US House and Senate from moving HR 2509 and S 409. In the Senate, Energy & Natural Resource Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman and Arizona Senator John McCain are trying to work out a compromise bill. In the House, Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is attempting to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move HR 2509.
In the House, please contact Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and remind her why HR 2509 is a bad idea. Also contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and tell her why HR 2509 is special interest legislation that gives a huge subsidy to foreign mining companies that already make billions of dollars in profits every year.
In the Senate, please contact Senator McCain and Senator Bingaman and tell them "no backroom deals." Senator McCain has bullied Senator Bingaman to the point that he is willing to compromise, but he needs to stick to his guns to protect the land, religious freedom, and the normal process we use to permit mines.
Rio Tinto from the United Kingdom and BHP from Australia are planning a massive block cave mine near the town of Superior, 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. the mine would be 7,000 feet underground and the mining method would cause serious subsidence and disruption of the water table. In addition, the area is heavily used for recreation and is critical for the religious freedom of Native Americans. Instead of going through the process set up by law that every other large mine in the United States has followed, Rio Tinto has gone to Congress for a land exchange bill that would privatize Oak Flat Campground (which was withdrawn from mining by President Eisenhower more that 50 years ago) and would heavily impact Gaan Canyon, Apache Leap, and Queen Creek, all of critical religious and environmental importance. So far the bill has been stalled in both the House and the Senate, as it appears that Congress is not buying this special interest legislation, but this could change rapidly unless you act now! Click for More information
Jeff Bingaman; New Mexico (Full Committee Chair)
Phone: (202) 224-5521