Rim Country residents know the important role that mining played in rural Arizona.
Our hardrock mining industry has helped create communities, provide jobs, and provide our state with a valuable resource. As a former mine worker, I want to stress how important it is that we continue to support this industry. A recent bill in Congress called the Minerals Policy Act of 2011 is a bi-partisan bill that ensures mining is around for generations to come, and that it is well equipped to play a vital role in key issues such as alternate energy production and mineral exports.
I sincerely hope our elected officials support this bill. Mining is one of the few industries that has been around for the entire 100 years we’ve been a state. Let’s make sure it’s around for another hundred.