By The Associated Press

The decision by Phoenix-based mining firm Freeport-McMoRan to resume a reclamation project means more than a dozen Bisbee residents will have to move.

The (Sierra Vista Herald reports)[ the mining company owns the land which 13 residents have been leasing for their houses.

Freeport-McMoRan spokesman Eric Kinneberg said Tuesday work on the project will require tenants to permanently relocate. Kinneberg says the company is providing assistance to help people with the transition.

Officials have set up a relocation program to help tenants through the fall, giving them time to find a new place to live.

Bisbee resident Donald Smiley says residents knew this day would come. The 71-year-old says it will be difficult emotionally to leave.