Gosar, Kirkpatrick to hold joint meeting on Superior Mine

copperArizona representatives Paul Gosar and Ann Kirkpatrick are inviting the public to attend a congressional town hall August 20 in Superior to discuss legislative efforts to revive the Superior Mine project. The two say the mine will “bring thousands of jobs to Arizona’s Copper Corridor.”

In February, the Arizona representatives introduced the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (HR 687). In May, their legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee and now awaits a vote before the full House of Representatives.

Gosar said, “Getting this critical jobs bill across the finish line requires Arizonans to rise up and let their voices be heard. Nearly 4,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are at stake. I invite the public to join us in Superior to let your representatives know that you stand for jobs and economic growth.”

Kirkpatrick said, “Our bipartisan jobs bill is moving forward, but there’s more work to be done. And that includes having more discussions with the folks who live and work around these mining communities in District One. I believe we can create these good jobs while also respecting and addressing any outstanding concerns.”

The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act authorizes a land exchange near Superior, Ariz., that will open up land for a major copper mine in exchange for protecting more than 5,000 acres of Arizona conservation lands. The effort is projected to create about 3,700 jobs and have an economic impact of more than $61 billion. The region is part of Arizona’s Copper Corridor, where many communities have more than a century-long legacy of copper mining.

Superior Town Hall
6-8 p.m. Aug. 20
Superior High School, 100 W Mary Drive, Superior

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  1. “Arizona representatives Paul Gosar and Ann Kirkpatrick are inviting the public to attend a congressional town hall August 20 in Superior to discuss legislative efforts to revive the Superior Mine project. The two say the mine will “bring thousands of jobs to Arizona’s Copper Corridor.” ”

    I appreciate those who advocate for more jobs in Arizona. When done correctly, the mining industry can add a wealth of jobs to our state!

  2. The igneous pluton that created the original Magma Mine in Superior was never detected during the 86 years of operation. It was postulated to occur but the drilling never intercepted it owing to the great depth below the surface. Magma Copper geologists finally tipped into it by drilling mile-long fan holes from the bottom of the mine in 1995-1996 before the property was purchased by BHP. Resolution Copper (co-owned by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto) geologists have drilled many drillholes now into the Resolution porphyry copper deposit but still these are just a small number of holes relative to what will occur once they can drill from underground. Nonetheless, their work has generated sufficient confidence to indicate the ore body will have a minimum 50 year mine life with all indications the mine life will easily outpace the 100 year Ray operation or 100+ year Morenci mine. Arizona will be put on the global map owing to the high-tech inventions and robotic innovations that will be needed to make block-cave extraction work at such deep depths and heat. The land exchange is necessary to secure land above the deposit that will experience subsidence cracking.

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