PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer is throwing her support behind a large and controversial plan by a Canadian firm to mine copper in Florence by pumping weak acid into the ground.
Brewer attended a closed-door meeting Tuesday with executives of Curis Resources and other area business leaders, a meeting that was not on her public schedule or disclosed ahead of time. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said no one was told because the event was secret and that Brewer was only “there to learn as much as possible about the project.”
“She hasn’t made a final decision on the project,” Benson said.
But that’s not what she told those present. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to stand together with you tonight in support of such a wonderful economic development opportunity,” Brewer said in prepared remarks obtained after a public-records request by Capitol Media Services. “I hope that we’ll be able to see this through and that Florence, Pinal County and Arizona will continue to thrive.”