(1) to authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the conveyance and exchange of land between the United States and Resolution Copper;
Comments: It is true that the bill will exchange lands between U.S. Forest Service and Resolution Copper Corp. The problem is why would the U.S. Congress give beautiful Forest Service land to a mining company that is a partnership of two companies (Rio Tinto and BHP) with the worst mining pollution records on the planet--including in U.S.?
(2) to provide for the permanent protection of cultural resources and uses of the Apache Leap escarpment located near the town of Superior, Arizona; and
Comments: How can destoying the mountain behind Apache Leap escarpment, leaving only a shell of a cliff, be claimed as protecting it?
(3) to secure Federal ownership and protection of land with significant natural, scenic, recreational, water, riparian, cultural and other resources.
Comments: As is shown by on-site photos, none of the exchange land is "significant natural, scenic, recreational, water or riparian sites." With the exception of the San Pedro River site, all the exchange lands are over-grazed, insignificant ranches that have absolutely no market value. The San Pedro site could be purchased by the Nature Conservancy with a billion dollar annual receipts. Why not spend some of that money in Arizona, instead of aligning with a mining company that will devastate "significant, scenic, recreational, water and riparian sites." See more photos of proposed exchange parcels
Note: Bill introduced by Arizona Senators Kyl and McCain. Contributions to McCain in 2008 from mining was $210,813 (he got top billing); Senator Kyl was near the top of the mining list in his 2006 election with $82,823.