SALT Speakers Series to address status of the mine in Superior
Resolution Copper is a joint venture owned by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to develop one of the world’s largest untapped deposits of copper near Superior. Yield is calculated to meet 25 percent of US demand each year.
The planned mine, on which well over a billion dollars has already been spent, will be the largest or one of the very largest investments in Arizona’s history. It is projected to provide several thousand direct and indirect jobs and several billion dollars of economic value over the life of the mine.
According to the company’s website, “The project team is working with policy makers, regulators, businesses, leaders, Native American tribes, environmental advocates and the local community to develop the project safely and in a way that protects the area’s unique environment and cultural heritage.
“The Resolution Copper deposit lies more than a mile beneath the surface, and the most viable way to recover the Resolution resource is by going underground, using a process called block caving.”
Permitting is currently underway, and the public plays an important role in planning and approving the project.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) expects to issue its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Resolution Copper Mine in May 2019, addressing comments received from the March-July 2016 public scoping period. The EIS will then enter a public comment period, address the comments and then disclose to the public in a Final EIS. The Final EIS for the mine plan and land exchange is expected to be published in the summer of 2020.
Hesston Klenk – Manager of Assurance, Governance and Engagement at Rio Tinto Phoenix Area Mining and Metals – will provide an extensive update and many details about the mine itself, as well as the various types of mitigations and community benefits Resolution expects the mine to provide.
The talk, co-sponsored by the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) and the Apache Junction Parks & Recreation Department, will be October 24th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Rm. B-117 in the Apache Junction Multigenerational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Rd. It is free and geared for the public, and attendees are encouraged to come with questions.
Klenk has over 15 years of proven external affairs and project management experience with strong ties to Utah and Arizona business communities and political landscapes. His experience spans contract management and negotiation, government affairs, community engagement and project controls – including expertise in strategic sourcing, construction planning, cost and schedule control, risk management and project management. His approach is fostering collaborative long-term value added relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. His academic background was at Westminster College in Salt Lake City
SALT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Speakers Series events take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, October-April. You can learn more about us, what we do and how to join and/or contribute at azsalt.org