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Abandoned mine testimony highlights need for funding

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By Lauren Pagel

February 17, 2012

Today I testified in front of the Energy and Mineral Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee on HR 785, a bill that would allow states and tribes who have not cleaned up all of their abandoned coal mining sites to use coal abandoned mine land funds to clean up hardrock mining sites. This legislation essentially lets the coal mining industry pay to clean up the metal mining industries messes -- a situation we have been forced into due to the inability to reform the 1872 Mining Law

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Sacred site in Arizona still threatened by land exchange, copper mine

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By Lauren Pagel

February 10, 2012

Yesterday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on legislation that would transfer 2,400+ acres of land to foreign mining companies to facilitate a huge copper mine in Arizona. If built, the mine would take a campground and sites sacred to area tribes out of public hands and turn it over foreign-owned mining companies.

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHP - Billiton is proposing to mine a rich copper vein on public and private lands east of Superior, Arizona. Because the proposed mine would most likely destroy the area in question, the company, called Resolution Copper, is pushing for legislation to privatize the Oak Flat Campground, which has been withdrawn from mining since the 1950’s, and surrounding public lands in the Tonto National Forest.

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