The Trump administration wants to quickly recognize the controversial mine in natural reserves
Pressure from the highest level
The Forest Service is expected to rule out a new copper mine in Arizona in a few weeks. It is located in the Oak Flat Nature Reserve, No Recognized as a sacred ground for the Apaches.
Forest Management Service employee Recently admitted There was pressure from the “highest level” to complete the assessment quickly. Initially, the study will not be completed until mid-2021. He is now expected in mid-January. The area goes to mining companies in exchange for other land. This is thanks to a law signed by President Obama in 2014. Then construction can no longer be stopped.
The plans of the two Australian mining companies behind the project show that much of the area will eventually be destroyed. The mine will gradually collapse due to underground eruptions and tunnels. It forms a ravine at a depth of more than 300 meters.
Mine can supply a quarter of Copper America’s needs per year. “That’s why President Trump has worked so hard to reduce bureaucracy in these kinds of projects,” Economic Secretary Wilbur Rose said a few months ago.
Members of Apache are still campaigning against the arrival of the mine. Former President Wentzler Nosy now lives permanently in the Oak Flat. “Where do we come from first, so what do I do wrong?” He asks in the video statement Fight for the Oak Flat. “If this land comes into the hands of a foreign company and it becomes private property, they will do whatever they want to me. Let’s see.”
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