BHP (ASX:BHP) share price lifts despite US mine doubts

A motion to stop BHP’s planned US copper mine has passed a major milestone.

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The BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) share price has spent most of today in the green despite reports a bill to stop its planned copper project will face the US Senate.

Resolution Copper, a joint venture that’s 45% owned by BHP and 55% owned by Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO), plans to mine a copper resource located underground at Arizona’s Oak Flat.

As The Motley Fool has previously reported, Oak Flat is sacred to the region’s San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Reports emerged today that a bill named the Save Oak Flat Act was added to a domestic spending package that passed the US House of Representatives on Thursday. It will now move to the US Senate, where it may be voted into law, disallowing BHP and Rio Tinto to mine the resource.

Let’s take a closer look at today’s news regarding the resources company.

BHP might fall flat at Oak Flat

The BHP share price was posting gains all day despite news an act opposing its planned project has passed the US House of Representatives.

While BHP’s stock hasn’t been noticeably affected by the reports, the Rio Tinto share price has slipped 0.27% today.

The act notes that Resolution Copper plans to use block cave mining to retrieve copper ore from the deposit. Doing so will destroy the sacred area forever.

It also argues BHP and Rio Tinto’s planned mine will likely affect the region’s hydrology and pollute its drinking water.

According to reporting by the Australian Financial Review (AFR), the act passed the US House of Representatives on Thursday.

The Save Oak Flat Act will now face the US Senate alongside several measures. There, it might be voted into law.

The AFR states the deposit holds enough copper to supply a quarter of the US’s needs for 40 years.

BHP share price snapshot

In the last hour of trade today, BHP shares dipped into the red. Right now, the BHP shares are trading at $41.19, 0.15% lower than the previous close.

This slump is more indicative of the BHP share price lately.

It is currently 2.92% lower than it was at the start of 2021. However, it has gained 12.69% since this time last year.

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