Gila River Indian Community votes to oppose copper mining

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is opposing a proposed copper mine.

The tribal council voted 15-0 to oppose the $500 million Florence Copper Project. A resolution cites the potential for the development to impact water on the reservation.

“The Community worked hard to secure its water rights to the Gila River; the Community understands how precious water is to our Community, to the Town of Florence as well as to the environment," the tribal council said in a letter, The Florence Reminder Blade Tribune reported. "Thus, the Gila River Indian Community is proud to support our neighbors, the Town of Florence, in opposing the Florence Copper Project.”

The tribe's water rights agreements could have an impact on the project.

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Gila River Council OK's resolution opposing mine (The Florence Reminder Blade Tribune 5/10)

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