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Tempers flare in hearing over new Resolution Copper land-swap bill

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

Photo by Michelle Peirano/ Cronkite News Service
San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler, center, testified that Resolution Copper’s proposed block-cave method of mining will lead to an eventual collapse of the site, leaving a hole that would alter the area’s environment.

Washington — A four-hour congressional hearing grew testy Thursday as House members considered a bill to swap thousands of acres of private and federal land to make way for a massive copper mine in Southeast Arizona.

The bill to trade land near Superior with Resolution Copper Mining, passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate, and is back now for an eighth year.

Supporters said the deal, which would give Resolution access to a copper-rich piece of government land, would bring thousands of jobs and more than $6 billion in new taxes to the state over 40 years of operation.

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