The Arizona Mining 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 Coalition expects the mining industry to clean up after itself, comply full and in the spirit of safeguards in place to protect Arizona, and to interact in a transparent and open manner with Arizona citizens.

Further:

  • Mining is an inappropriate use of some lands in Arizona.
  • State and federal mining laws need to be positively reformed.
  • The coalition will promote alternative uses of some mineral deposits.

The coalition will increase awareness of all aspects of mining in Arizona.

Comment now to protect Oak Flat

The Tonto National Forest has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) examining Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper mine proposal and is asking for your comments. The deadline for comments is November 7, 2019.  Please go to our alert to learn more and to edit...

Attend public meetings to learn more and comment on Resolution Copper DEIS

The US Forest Service will host 6 public meetings starting September 10 in Superior, AZ, on Rio Tinto's proposal to destroy Oak Flat and thousands of additional acres of public land.  The Forest Service has added (as of September 20) another meeting in Tempe, AZ on...

HUGE NEWS! US Forest Service Rescinds Resolution Copper Final Impact Statement

The US Forest Service just announced they are rescinding the Resolution Copper Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Draft Record of Decision on the project!
This halts the land exchange until a new FEIS is published.

This is wonderful news and although there is still much to do to protect Oak Flat and the surrounding precious lands, we should take time out to thank and remember everyone that has worked so hard to protect Oak Flat and prepare for the final effort to make sure Oak Flat remains free forever! 

New Videos About Impacts from Proposed Resolution Copper Mine

The Sierra Club, one of our member organizations, released a short film addressing the proposed toxic tailings dump that is part of Resolution Copper's proposed copper mine that would devastate thousands of acres of precious Arizona land.This is part three of the...

Injunction Sought to Block Oak Flat Land Trade for Massive Arizona Copper Mine

Tribal and conservation groups asked a federal judge today to block a land trade that would hand over thousands of acres in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona to multinational mining company Rio Tinto for the massive Resolution Copper mine. The Oak Flat area, considered sacred by Apache and other Native people, would be destroyed by the mine.

Lawsuit Challenges Review of Mine Proposal That Would Destroy Oak Flat

PHOENIX— Tribal and conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to stop a land trade that would hand over thousands of acres in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona to a London-based mining company. The Oak Flat area, considered sacred by Apache and other Native people, would be destroyed by multinational mining company Rio Tinto for a massive copper mine.

Send a Letter to the Biden Administration to Protect Oak Flat

Please sign your organization onto a letter urging President Joe Biden to immediately withdraw the recently issued Final Environmental Impact Statement, Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange (EIS 20210005) that will facilitate a land exchange and construction of the Resolution Copper mine, resulting in the destruction of a Native American sacred area, Oak Flat or Chi’chil Bildagoteel.

Press Statement on Release of Resolution Copper FEIS

“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.”

EcoFlight overflight of Oak Flat and Pinto Valley

We recently did an overflight looking at the total footprint of the proposed Resolution Copper mine.   Here is a short clip to give you an idea of what we would all lose if Oak Flat is privitized and the mine plan is allowed to move forward.Take a look at our vitual...

Contact your Members of Congress to Introduce the Save Oak Flat Act

Please contact your Members of Congress to introduce the Save Oak Flat Act Please ask your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act when it is reintroduced in the House and Senate in 2021 to right a wrong, protect the religious freedom of...

“Never Again”—what does a promise by Rio Tinto mean?

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.

Tell Rio Tinto not to steal Oak Flat for a failed experiment!

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.