Hays Research Group asked 388 likely primary voters their opinions of a possible 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit the Pebble Mine. More than 60% said they favor the measure. Some two-thirds of that group strongly support it.
“Favorability was shared across all parties,” reported pollster Adam Hays. “Democrats, Republicans, as well as people who identified as moderate or in the middle.”
Hays said he was not paid by any group to conduct the poll.
This is the highest level of support for the ballot initiative ever. A “clean water” initiative that would have banned the mine failed in 2008 56 to 44%.
Hays said Alaskans support development projects but oppose this specific one.
The poll shows that more than 70% of Alaskans want the gubernatorial candidates to weigh-in on the ballot measure. Governor Sean Parnell has urged the EPA not to rule out the mine before the Pebble Partnership submits its application.
- The city thinks Hecla's Greens Creek mine may be responsible. The mine says its discharges in the area meet state requirements.
- Sarah Erkmann, external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association trade group, said the tax amounts to “punishing” oil companies.
- The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon canceled its annual convention slated to be held in Haines, mainly due to the weak Canadian dollar.
- For now, traffic in Gastineau Channel will not be restricted, but Hilbert said they will likely establish a no-wake zone during the actual salvage operation.