While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion.
Apache marching from San Carlos to Oak Flat, February 22, 2020. Courtesy of Dwight Metzger.
By Robin Silver
Center for Biological Diversity
A new appraisal by Josephs Appraisal Group of Phoenix reveals the lands due to be traded for Oak Flat are valued at $7.135 million, dramatically less than the $112 billion worth of the copper alone that foreign mining companies hope to remove from more than a mile below Oak Flat. In other words, the value of the copper a mile below Oak Flat alone is worth approximately 15,700 times more than the land the foreign mining companies hope to trade for the area.