Saturday, November 21, 2015

Oak Flat/Apache Leap

World's two biggest mining companies want to mine sacred lands, a public campground, and a popular rock climbing destination

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHPBilliton (the two biggest metal mining companies in the world, by annual revenue and market capitalization) is proposing to mine copper ore deep underneath Oak Flat, near the town of Superior, an hour east of Phoenix. The copper deposit lies partially underneath the Oak Flat Campground, a unique and sacred place that was protected in the 1950’s from mining by executive order. But now, due to an act of Congress, Oak Flat and much of its surroundings faces privatization – the handover of previously protected public land to an international mining company.


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