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The Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, owned by Rio Tinto, is one of the largest copper-producing mines in the world. The company has upset some hackberry residents who fear its use of a drone to look for minerals would lead to a mine if successful. The company points out very few prospected sites become mines.

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Residents had spotted drones flying overhead in recent weeks that are being used to look for hard-rock mineral deposits, specifically copper.