The fight to save Oak Flat is a long one. Twice bills have been introduced in the House to give Oak Flat away to Resolution Copper, both times the bill failed. Next the land giveaway was tucked into an annual piece of must-pass legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act. This paved the way for Resolution Copper to get Oak Flat process in Congress, and our shared public land was given away without so much as a discussion.
Raúl Grijalva introduced the Save Oak Flat Act to the House in 2015, followed by a partner Save Oak Flat Act in the Senate, presented by Bernie Sanders. Assigned to committee, the bills timed out without discussion or hearing.
Now comes a reiteration of the legislation needed in the House and Senate to protect sacred Oak Flat, and protect the wanton giveaway of our shared public properties to the highest bidder.
H.R. 2915 INTRODUCED BY Raúl Grijalva! Please urge your legislators to co-sign and support this important piece of legislation to repeal the unlawful land exchange of Oak Flat to a foreign mining company. #SAVEOAKFLAT
This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 15, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.
H.R. 2915: To repeal section 3003 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
Track progress of the House bill here.
Thank you Rep. Grijalva and Sen. Sanders. Our gratitude is great for your rare show of ethics in today’s Congress.
Track progress of Apache Stronghold’s fight to save Oak Flat here.