There is a vote scheduled for this Thursday, September 19th in the US House of Representatives on legislation that would trade away the popular Oak Flat climbing area in Arizona to Resolution Copper Mining, a foreign owned mining company. All 435 members of the House of Representatives will have the opportunity to cast a vote on this legislation, yet many of them know little or nothing about the bill–except what the bill sponsors have told them.
If this bill (HR 687) should become law, it will result in the largest loss of a climbing resource in the history of the United States.
The vote is tomorrow, so if you want to attempt to make your voice heard today is the day.
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Sent the email, only takes about 30 seconds.
This is one of my local crags. Losing this area would be a
horrible blow for the community. Oak Flats serves as most peoples
first crag as well as most frequented crag for the Phoenix area.
besides just climbing oak flats offers recreation for a wide range
of other outdoor enthusiast. Send an email it hardly takes any time
and it will be appreciated by every single person who goes
Sent the email and asked others too. Narc, thanks for sharing and would be great to hear what happens.
Not to get all School House Rock, but the bill will have to
pass the House and Senate before it can be signed by the President.
So even though the bill may get through the house (on what’s likely
to be a party line vote), its companion bill (S. 3390 is still
bogged down in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Ron
Wyden (D-OR) is the chair of that committee, and from what I
understand, he wouldn’t have to bring the bill up if he wasn’t
interested in doing so. Basically, we should all email and call our
Reps (I called mine — Rep. Corrine Brown), but we also shouldn’t
give up if the bill passes through the house today.
It’s not like this Congress actually passes any bills either
Wasn’t John Sherman behind this?