Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.

Resolution Copper is a multi-national mining company intent on building what they say is going to be the country's biggest copper mine bringing in the equivalent of roughly a $1 billion worth of revenue annually for about 60 years.

The plan has angered conservationists, residents and Native American tribes who argue the mine will cause irreparable harm to land coveted for its beauty, biodiversity and sanctity.