Who is Resolution Copper?

Resolution Copper Company, created in 2002, is a foreign-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto [55% owner] headquartered in the United Kingdom, and BHP (Broken Hill Properties) [45% owner] headquartered in Australia. 

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed public company headquartered in the UK, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, with executive offices in Melbourne.

BHP Billiton was formed by a merger between BHP, one of Australia's oldest and largest companies, and Billiton, headquartered in London, with major operations and development projects in Australia, North and South America, and southern Africa.

Rio Tinto subsidiaries include Kennecott, which holds the record for producing the largest sulfate and heavy metal plume in the U. S. — at its Bingham Canyon operations in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, that's not all according to the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, May, 2006.

A Mining Company's [Kennecott] History and its Legal Implications

Several states, such as Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have permit block provisions that either require or authorize permit denial where the applicant has prior violations and bond forfeitures. Kennecott's history of abiding by state and federal laws is checkered with violations. Kennecott has compared the Eagle Project to its Greens Creek Mine, outside Juneau, Alaska—the nation's largest silver producer. The Greens Creek Mine, located within the Admiralty Island National Monument in the Tongass National Forest, has a long list of violations within a multitude of both state and federal laws. Kennecott also owns two copper mines in Utah which are listed on the Superfund's National Priorities List. The "Bingham Canyon mine created a 72-square-mile plume of sulfate contaminated groundwater under the homes of 70,000 Salt Lake area residents. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that full remediation of this groundwater resource would cost around .2 billion."

It is a partner with Freeport-McMoran in West Papua, Indonesia, participating in one of the worst environmental and human right's fiascos of our times.

BHP's lack of environmental responsibility is so serious that even their shareholders are complaining!
BHP Shareholders for Social Responsibility

BHP Environmental Record
Rio Tinto Environment Record
Kennecott Clean-up