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To establish a copper mine, Resolution Copper must get congressional approval for swapping parcels elsewhere in Arizona for about 2,400 acres in and around Oak Flat, which lies in the Pinal Mountains just east of Superior.

The House is taking up an Arizona land swap that would trade thousands of acres of federal land in Pinal County for thousands more owned by Resolution Copper throughout southeastern Arizona - the 10th try in the last six years. Read more»

David Salisbury, CEO of Resolution Copper Mining LLC, explains the company’s plans for U.S. Forest Service land where it wants to mine a copper lode more than a mile underground.

For Superior's mayor, it only makes sense to support a plan to mine a huge copper deposit deep below the national forest just east of town. Resolution Copper Mining LLC says the mine would employ hundreds. He has another reason to support the mine despite concerns raised by Native Americans, conservation groups and some residents: the company promises millions of dollars over the life of the mine provided the Town Council formally back the project. Read more» 1