Legislators: Large-scale mining can be done right
State legislative leaders have told the owner of the proposed Pebble Mine that they believe large-scale mining “can be done right” in Alaska.
In a letter to Ron Thiessen, president and CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the legislators say Alaska is open to safe and responsible development.
The massive gold-and-copper prospect is near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. The letter comes as critics of the mine urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act to protect the watershed. EPA, in a recent report, found large-scaling mining in the region posed significant risks to salmon.
The letter was signed by Sens. Charlie Huggins, John Coghill, Cathy Giessel and Kevin Meyer. It also was signed by Reps. Mike Chenault, Eric Feige, Craig Johnson and Dan Saddler.
You can read the letter here.