MARICOPA — Before the start of Friday’s Pinal Partnership breakfast, panel moderator Jordan Rose made a statement about recent news regarding the planned Resolution Copper mine near Superior, noting the project had run into some “pitfalls.”

“Pinal Partnership has been a big supporter of Resolution Copper,” Rose said. “We’ve taken positions in favor of what would be the largest copper project in the world.”

As part of the budget reconciliation package being discussed in Congress, an amendment nullifies the land swap that would enable the mining. The land swap, between Resolution Copper and the federal government, was originally approved by Congress in 2014. However, an environmental impact study published last year was rescinded after criticism that the Trump administration had rushed the process.

Although Rose called out the Biden administration for being responsible for the latest stalling of the mine, the U.S. Justice Department ruled in May that the copper mine couldn’t be stopped by a lawsuit filed by the Apache Stronghold group.

Rose encouraged attendees to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to move the project forward.

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Aaron Dorman is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more. He can be reached at adorman@pinalcentral.com.

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