In December 2014 international mining giant Rio Tinto engineered a backroom deal in the U.S. Congress to authorize a land exchange that would enable it to carve a massive copper mine out of Oak Flat, a precious, unique place that has been off limits to mining for 60 years. This sleazy deal kicked off a campaign of resistance by the San Carlos Apache and their allies, who have occupied Oak Flat continuously since February 2015 in an effort to defend land that is sacred to them.
But the law also mandates that an environmental impact statement be prepared before the land exchange can be completed. This process allows room for public input, which is very important in holding the Forest Service accountable and ensuring a transparent and fair analysis.
Take action now to make sure the Forest Service considers your concerns about the future of Oak Flat.
April 18, 2016 Action Alert ID# 363
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