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Stop Oak Flat Land Exchange in Senate

Gaan Canyon Vegetation and WaterGaan Canyon Vegetation and WaterYour action is needed now to stop a compromise on the Oak Flat land exchange bill (S. 409) that is schedule to be marked up in the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on December 16th along with 35 other bills.

This remarkable display of speed was brought about by a deal cut between Senator John McCain of Arizona who has been championing Rio Tinto’s special interest legislation to help him get re-elected to the Senate next year, and Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.

Although Senator Bingaman promised Tribal leaders in a meeting following the Bill’s hearing in June that he would consult with them before any movement of the bill, this deal was struck without input from the Tribes.  In fact, bill language was only shared to a few select groups and then only at the strong insistence to see language and after a promise was extracted not to share the language widely.

What we do know about this deal is troubling.

Please contact members of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose any consideration of this amendment.

Oak Flat Land Exchange Double Threat

Gaan Canyon VegetationGaan Canyon VegetationYour 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.

Arizona Republic Opinion Piece, 12-5-09 (test mailing)

Arizona Republic Opinion Piece, 12-5-09

To: President Barack Obama

Re: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Our state took some of the worst battering in the recession. So, we're glad to hear you plan to send ideas to Congress to jump-start hiring in the private sector.  Read the full article.

Home Page of the Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition

This is the future home site for the Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition.  For more information.

Tell the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to say No to S 409

Gaan Canyon (Devil's Canyon) near Oak Flat Campground

Tell the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to say No to S 409

Wednesday, June 17th, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be holding a hearing on S. 409, a piece of special interest legislation that would mandate and land exchange that would solely benefit Rio Tinto and BHP-Billiton – two of the largest foreign mining companies in the world.  The bill has been introduced by Arizona Senators McCain and Kyl.

The bill would short circuit the usual and customary process all mining companies go through to get mining permits in the US.  Instead, the bill would allow the companies to get a free pass from these federal laws and to mine in the most destructive way possible, a copper ore body below Oak Flat Campground. Read more »

Oak Flat Land Exchange

Gaan CanyonGaan Canyon Rio Tinto and BHP - Billiton have created a subsidiary called Resolution Copper that is proposing to mine a rich copper vein more than 7,000 feet deep just east of Superior, Arizona and an hour east of Phoenix, Arizona.  They have pressured some members of the Arizona Congressional delegation to introduce a land exchange bill that would privatize Oak Flat campground and surrounding public land.  President Eisenhower placed the campground off limits to mining in 1955.  Oak Flat is a Native American sacred site and it critical for the religious freedom of Arizona Tribes.  Oak Flat is a prime recreation area, especially for rock climbing and bouldering with more than 2,500 established climbing routes.  Oak Flat is also a rare desert riparian area and in Arizona, less than 10% of this type of habitat remains.  The land exchange would allow mining companies to avoid following our nation’s environmental and cultural laws and would bypass the permitting process all other mines in the country have followed.  It is the only bill in front of the US Congress that would privatize a Native American sacred site on public land.  It would mean the largest loss of rock climbing on public lands ever, and would bypass the normal process for permitting mines on public land.  Since 2005, 11 land exchange bills have been introduced and all have failed.

Concerned citizens are worried about the loss of Oak Flat Campground, a very popular recreation area.  Birders, climbers, campers, canyoneers, bikers, and hikers enjoy the area throughout the year, all of whom would be greatly harmed if these lands were forever taken from public access.  Native Americans have traditionally used the area for cultural, spiritual purposes, and for sustenance.  The land exchange would include Apache Leap, a cliff where more than 80 Apache warriors chose to leap to their deaths rather than surrender to the US calvary.

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