Arizona mayor, tribal officials spar over bill to stop Oak Flat mine east of Phoenix

14April 2021

copper mine protest2A100xx1217 1219 449 0WASHINGTON – The mayor of Superior told a House panel Tuesday that a bill canceling a massive copper mine at Oak Flat would be “devastating” for the Pinal County town and its hopes to revitalize its economy.

“We need to create jobs and business opportunities for our youth and working adults, so our community remains viable for generations to come,” Mayor Mila Besich told a House Natural Resources subcommittee.

But while Besich testified against a bill to reverse the land deal that cleared…

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