The Resolution Copper project has entered the next phase of public consultation in the ongoing permitting process, led by the US Forest Service, with the release of its independent Final Environmental Impact Statement. Decisions on whether to invest fully in developing the project, a proposed underground mine located in Arizona and one of the world’s most significant undeveloped copper deposits, remain subject to further permitting processes and a feasibility study that will be conducted over several years.
Resolution Copper is committed to continuing its engagement with Native American Tribes and working to seek consent before any decision on the development of the project, consistent with the International Council on Mining and Metals Statement on Indigenous Peoples and Mining.
Resolution Copper started the permitting process in 2013, with the US Forest Service leading a comprehensive, independent review under the National Environmental Policy Act, over seven years, and multiple Administrations.
Extensive consultation with 11 Native American Tribes and local communities has guided significant changes to the project design and measures including:
The permanent protection of the culturally significant natural feature of Apache Leap
A Tribal Monitor program focused on cultural heritage protection
A partnership to protect and conserve culturally significant Emory Oak groves across Arizona
Economic and community development agreements that can deliver significant long-term benefits for the Superior community
Resolution Copper Mining is a limited liability company owned 55 per cent by Rio Tinto and 45 per cent by BHP. Funding is proportional between the project partners.