Reps. Gosar, Kirkpatrick invite public to town hall about Superior Mine

Aug 9, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Natural Resources

For Immediate Release
August 9, 2013

 

Contact: Orlando Watson
Office: (202) 225-2315

  Reps. Gosar, Kirkpatrick invite public to town hall about Superior Mine 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) invite the public to attend a congressional town hall Aug. 20 in Superior to discuss legislative efforts to revive the Superior Mine project and bring thousands of jobs to Arizona’s Copper Corridor.

In February, the Arizona representatives introduced the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (HR 687). In May, their legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee and now awaits a vote before the full House of Representatives.

Gosar said, “Getting this critical jobs bill across the finish line requires Arizonans to rise up and let their voices be heard. Nearly 4,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are at stake. I invite the public to join us in Superior to let your representatives know that you stand for jobs and economic growth.”

Kirkpatrick said, “Our bipartisan jobs bill is moving forward, but there’s more work to be done. And that includes having more discussions with the folks who live and work around these mining communities in District One. I believe we can create these good jobs while also respecting and addressing any outstanding concerns.”

Superior Town Hall     
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20
WHERE: Superior High School, 100 W Mary Drive, Superior
DETAILS: Media inquiries should go to Orlando Watson, orlando.watson@mail.house.gov and (202) 226-8217 (Gosar’s office) or Jennifer Johnson, jennifer.johnson@mail.house.gov and 202-225-3361 (Kirkpatrick’s office).

Background
The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act authorizes a land exchange near Superior, Ariz., that will open up land for a major copper mine in exchange for protecting more than 5,000 acres of Arizona conservation lands. The effort is projected to create about 3,700 jobs and have an economic impact of more than $61 billion. The region is part of Arizona’s Copper Corridor, where many communities have more than a century-long legacy of copper mining.

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