Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton in Arizona: copper project in conflict with Apaches and others

Resolution Copper plan

In April, LMN hosted Roger Featherstone from the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition when he visited London to address the 2014 Rio Tinto AGM. He was here to call on Rio Tinto, and BHP Billiton as a junior partner in the project, not to go ahead with their plans for the Resolution Copper project. The companies are still pressing ahead with the project despite concerted opposition from Native American Tribes and environmentalists.

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