Skip to Content

Arizona Mining Reform Coalition Action Alerts

Action alerts and items of interest from the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition

Stop Poison Pill that would destroy Oak Flat

Senator Harry Reid has assembled a draft omnibus public lands bill that he would like to introduce and pass yet this Congress in the waning days of the current lame duck session.

Upper Gaan CanyonUpper Gaan Canyon

Senator Reid’s efforts are laudable except for one major flaw with the bill:  apparently in an effort to gain support for the bill from Senator McCain and other Republicans, he has inserted a major “poison pill” into the bill.  It contains the Oak Flat Land Exchange (S 409 – the result of a compromise deal between Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Bingaman (D-NM).  The Oak Flat land exchange is an extremely controversial bill that would result in the destruction of not only an incredible and unique desert ecosystem, but the religious freedom of Native American Tribes.

Tucson Premiere of The Great Oak Flat Land Giveaway

Up In LightsUp In LightsPlease attend the Tucson Premiere of The Great Oak Flat Land Giveaway on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30 PM at the Screening Room (127 E. Congress St.) in downtown Tucson, AZ.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion by the filmmakers and principles in the film. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 and copies of the film will be available for purchase.

Stop Oak Flat Land Exchange in Senate

Gaan Canyon Vegetation and WaterGaan Canyon Vegetation and WaterYour action is needed now to stop a compromise on the Oak Flat land exchange bill (S. 409) that is schedule to be marked up in the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on December 16th along with 35 other bills.

This remarkable display of speed was brought about by a deal cut between Senator John McCain of Arizona who has been championing Rio Tinto’s special interest legislation to help him get re-elected to the Senate next year, and Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.

Although Senator Bingaman promised Tribal leaders in a meeting following the Bill’s hearing in June that he would consult with them before any movement of the bill, this deal was struck without input from the Tribes.  In fact, bill language was only shared to a few select groups and then only at the strong insistence to see language and after a promise was extracted not to share the language widely.

What we do know about this deal is troubling.

Please contact members of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose any consideration of this amendment.

Oak Flat Land Exchange Double Threat

Gaan Canyon VegetationGaan Canyon VegetationYour action is needed now to stop a serious attempt by Rio Tinto and their allies in the US House and Senate from moving HR 2509 and S 409. In the Senate, Energy & Natural Resource Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman and Arizona Senator John McCain are trying to work out a compromise bill. In the House, Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is attempting to convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move HR 2509.

In the House, please contact Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and remind her why HR 2509 is a bad idea.  Also contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and tell her why HR 2509 is special interest legislation that gives a huge subsidy to foreign mining companies that already make billions of dollars in profits every year.

In the Senate, please contact Senator McCain and Senator Bingaman and tell them "no backroom deals." Senator McCain has bullied Senator Bingaman to the point that he is willing to compromise, but he needs to stick to his guns to protect the land, religious freedom, and the normal process we use to permit mines.

Arizona Republic Opinion Piece, 12-5-09 (test mailing)

Arizona Republic Opinion Piece, 12-5-09

To: President Barack Obama

Re: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Our state took some of the worst battering in the recession. So, we're glad to hear you plan to send ideas to Congress to jump-start hiring in the private sector.  Read the full article.

Syndicate content

Dr. Radut