Resolution Copper has announced that they are expecting the United States House of Representatives to vote on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, H.R. 687 on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The legislation was introduced earlier this year by Congressional Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (CD 1) and Paul Gosar (CD 4). This is the first time in the recent history of the legislation that there has been bi-partisan support for the land exchange.
Supporters of the Land Exchange are anticipating the bill to pass through the House of Representatives. Once the bill is approved in the House, the bill will need a hearing and vote in the Senate before reaching President Barack Obama for final approval.
The Land Exchange Legislation will allow for Resolution Copper to acquire 2,422 acres of Tonto National Forest Land which includes the Oak Flat Campground in exchange for 5,344 acres of environmentally sensitive lands in the San Pedro River Valley that the government will receive. While the bill continues to receive high levels of support, opposition groups continue to advocate against the project.