Timber, fishing and mining interests have been tapped by Gov. Walker for an advisory panel over development in the Tongass National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service is eyeing an Alaska-specific rule that could relax road building and logging restrictions.
Engineers at the Canadian mine that discharged millions of cubic yards of tailings stand accused of negligence by their professional peers. The copper-gold mine waste discharged into salmon-producing rivers that are important to Alaska fisheries.