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By AccessFund HQ
Feb 7, 2012
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Action Alert: If you live in one of the following states, you have the ability to help Arizona climbers save Oak Flat from being sunk by a proposed mining operation: NM, OR, WA, CO, NH, WV, AK, WY, ID, UT, KY, NV, TN, AZ. Your Senator sits on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which will hear testimony on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange this Thursday. Please visit www.accessfund.org/saveoakflat to take action before Thursday!


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By Lindajft
From maricopa, AZ
Feb 7, 2012
The loaf

†Don't sink Oak Flat!!!


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By kirra
Feb 7, 2012

Thank you Access Fund for posting this and for raising awareness. It's great that you listed some "talking points" for folks to include in their correspondence. From the Access Fund website:

Oak Flat Talking Points


* I oppose this proposal because it would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey the highly popular public recreational rock climbing resource at Oak Flat, Arizona for use as an underground copper mine.

* Rock climbers are numerically the largest recreation group that uses the Oak Flat/Queen Creek area, and we also stand to suffer the largest loss if this area is destroyed by mining activities. There are over one thousand established rock climbs in the Oak Flat area that will subside into an enormous crater if Resolution Copper Mining (RCM) is allowed to proceed with their present plan to ďblock caveĒ mine the underlying ore deposit.

* This bill fails to recognize the importance of the recreational resource at Oak Flat by not requiring specific and significant mitigation to compensate for the loss of climbing (as included in previous bills), and fails to require responsible environmental analysis before this massive mining project is allowed to consume public resources and potentially affect the environment far beyond the footprint of this proposed mine. These elements were supported by both Arizonaís US Senators and nearly the entire Arizona US House of Representatives delegation in several previous land exchange bills involving this area, and itís appropriate that these elements remain in the current bill.

* Because the provisions in H.R. 1904 virtually ensure the development of this mine, and the public has very little information on the environmental implications of this mine, this exchange is not in the publicís interest.

* Since 2004, the Access Fund has worked with a variety of climbing groups in Arizona, conservation organizations, officials from local and federal government, and Resolution Copper Mining to address the severe impacts that this bill would cause to Oak Flat and the recreation community in central Arizona.


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By Lindajft
From maricopa, AZ
Feb 7, 2012
The loaf

DON'T SINK OAK FLAT AND SURROUNDING AREA


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By Catherine Conner
From Phoenix, AZ
Feb 8, 2012
Contemplative-what is ahead?

Thanks so much, Access Fund!!!! You really helped me with talking points. As a climber and citizen, I really hope that this proposal is denied as written.


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By mcarizona
From Flag
Feb 8, 2012

.....hmmm.......Dear Mr. McAllister:


Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding an omnibus public lands package. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue.

As you may know, the Senate did not consider a public lands package during the 111th Congress. While Iím not a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the 112th Congress, I look forward to Committee passage of several public land bills important to the State of Arizona. In particular, Iíll be urging the Senate to pass the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 which would protect over 5,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land and allow for the development of the Resolution Copper Mine which would bring about 1,400 jobs to my state. Please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind should such a package be considered by the full Senate.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views. Please feel free to contact me on this or any other matter of concern.
Sincerely,
John McCain
United States Senator

JM/ds


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By Geir
From Tucson, AZ
Feb 8, 2012
Toofast

I got the same reply.


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By ClimbPHX.com
From Mesa AZ
Feb 8, 2012
Final Pitch on Birdland - 5.7 Red Rocks

That was the same bullshit excuse that he and Flake made about the Grand Canyon mining proposal. Use the old ploy " Jobs Jobs" - but if you do research, Rio will use automated mining as soon as they get the ability and the "jobs" will go the way of the beautiful area.

I THINK that this is simply good on paper - "He's looking out for us"
but in reality, the work has NOT been done to ensure that this great state, has a state left AFTER we are done exploiting it. Oh wait, We're NOT exploiting it - a foreign subsidiary is ...

CHECK THIS OUT - The public is sold the Job's ploy -
This is reality...

www.riotinto.com/ourapproach/17203_mine_of_the_future_17280.>>>

Do you really think that the "normal" laborer that is banking on this project will get the training necessary. Or does anyone else find it ironic that they have to bring in "to achieve our sustainable development goals, we often work in partnership with others outside Rio Tinto who possess specialist expertise. Which Means... You guessed in NOT people from Superior. Are we seriously this blind?


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By Catherine Conner
From Phoenix, AZ
Feb 9, 2012
Contemplative-what is ahead?

I got the same McCain auto-reply.


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By NC Rock Climber
From The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Feb 9, 2012
tanuki

Bump!


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By Curt Shannon
Feb 10, 2012

mcarizona wrote:
.....hmmm.......Dear Mr. McAllister: Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding an omnibus public lands package. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue. As you may know, the Senate did not consider a public lands package during the 111th Congress. While Iím not a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the 112th Congress, I look forward to Committee passage of several public land bills important to the State of Arizona. In particular, Iíll be urging the Senate to pass the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 which would protect over 5,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land and allow for the development of the Resolution Copper Mine which would bring about 1,400 jobs to my state. Please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind should such a package be considered by the full Senate. Thank you for taking the time to share your views. Please feel free to contact me on this or any other matter of concern. Sincerely, John McCain United States Senator JM/ds


Hmmm... McCain says "about 1,400" jobs for Arizona but Jon Cherry (V.P. of RCM) testified to the senate energy and natural resources committee yesterday that the RCM mine would create 3,700 full time jobs. You'd think they could at least coordinate their spin.

Curt


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By ClimbPHX.com
From Mesa AZ
Feb 10, 2012
Final Pitch on Birdland - 5.7 Red Rocks

What I love is how it started years ago as 750 jobs, then 1500 now 3700 and hundreds of thousands in construction? Where? Superior? Right by the gaping hole? Then when the mine runs out and they move on and leave us with an unusable sickhole, who's gonna wanna live in Superior after that?


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By kirra
Feb 11, 2012

is it merely a coincidence that the mines' website went offline for quite awhile and removed historical documents while at the same time the little qcc.inc website removed all of theirs ? (last remaining files were removed in hidden local just prior to hearing)

little q.cee-cee files referred to are: meeting notes, congressional topics and historical data concerning this public legislative land exchange issue)


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By Ronnie D
Feb 15, 2012
My beginner rocks!

He's bought off just as bad as the rest of the pukes we have in Washington now days. Their blind arrogance has gotten plain fucking disgusting. They talk as if they really want us to believe that they are truly representing their constituency. Where else in the world would a person spend millions to campaign for a civil service job as a representative of the people, unless they were to more that quadruple what they spent from payoffs and perks from the lobbyists and global corp's. It has nothing to do with jobs... it's all about the special speaking engagement fees, the hidden accts, book advances to look like real business, and all the other graft that McCain is going to get for helping to push this through.


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By Tim McCabe
Feb 15, 2012

Spot on Ronnie.

No doubt everyone will give me shit for admitting that I don't bother to click on the links and send yet another message to those pukes in DC.

But the way I see it once someone is elected we are stuck with the mindset that person takes with them.

No amount of letter writing, or in this case link clicking, is going to change the fact that we have elected pro job right wing types to represent us.

Even if we could get climbers from every other state to click on every link we're still stuck with two pukes that will push this thing thru as best they can.

As long as we have a right wing majority here we are going to end up with right wing pro job types being sent to DC. They will always see it as their job to vote pro jobs as they will always feel that is what the people who got them elected want. And they'll be right. Most of the people in this state likely aren't going to care about Oak Flat. Sad but true.


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By ClimbPHX.com
From Mesa AZ
Feb 15, 2012
Final Pitch on Birdland - 5.7 Red Rocks

What i find disturbing is how the media is allowed to represent the "facts" - Superior has ALWAYS been an inflated jobs opportunity - its funny to read all the comments on AZ Central when they have done an article on Oak Flat - and listen to all the people that are crazed about the thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions that will suddenly come raining out of the sky because Resolution saved the day..

Then you do the research and you realize that, in reality, its a far different story. You want to live in Ajo?
No. probably not. But if this goes through, and you live in QC, Gold Canyon or Superior. Guess what. You wont have to wonder what Ajo looks like. Cause you'll be living right next to it. Then you read about how they take take take and then close up shop - sometimes apparently without even notifying the crowd - the same crowd that rioted at the locked front gate ... But they got what they came for.

You don't have to be left wing or right wing to see the trail of destruction that this type of opportunity will present. I am not totally against the mine... I'm against the apparent transparency of any legal contract they've presented and the manner in which the mine will operate. Im against waived NEPA forecasts to move along a production that has significant environmental consequences. Im against a monumental usage of water in an already taxed desert lifestyle... These are things that some fail to realize to this day.

In this modern day we HAVE to start thinking about the future of this state and STOP selling out to every promotion without regard. Propose to engage in this type of activity with some semblance of integrity for once.

IMHO of course - Shiloh @ ClimbPHX


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By kirra
Feb 17, 2012

It's not too late to get a letter in and have it recorded as part of the official public record.
The last day is February 21,2012

Attach letter to email and send to:

jake_mccook@energy.senate.gov

Jake McCook
Staff Assistant
U.S. Senate
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
304 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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By Red
From Arizona
Feb 20, 2012
Cobra Kai

click and sign
Go to the like above. Takes less than a minute to help the cause. Thanks.


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By kirra
Sep 16, 2013

BUMP -I'm kicking this thread off the shelf so a few folks who posted here may get notice
(1 year later) here we go again!

heck this is basically the same Bill voting in the House this week as the Senate last yr. give or take less, ha!

Please tell your representative to Vote "No" on HR 687

thank you very much :)


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