Canadian company eyes new mine in Alaska

A Canadian company is moving forward with plans for a new mine at the end of Kendrick Bay on Prince Wales Island, spending millions drilling to sample rock and study the area.

Ucore officials are working hard this summer to answer questions from investors and government officials.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports government officials have questions about the environmental impact the mine will have in light of the collapse of dam holding toxic mining waste in British Columbia. The breach at the Mt. Polley Mine spilled millions of gallons of waste into pristine forest and waters.

Ucore director of environment Randy MacGillivray says the breach in Canada was a disappointment, but he remains confident about obtaining the permits to mine on the island.

He says Ucore’s mining byproduct would be pumped back underground as it was being extracted.