Juneau’s subcommittee tasked with revising the mining ordinance is recommending a light touch approach ahead of any major changes. The debate over the city’s mine review powers has reopened old wounds between mine boosters and environmentalists divided over mining in the community.
Every summer, millions of migratory birds like the greater white-fronted goose descend on the National Petroleum Reserve, to lay eggs, molt their feathers and fatten up. A lot of the oil potential lies squarely in migratory bird habitat.
Hydro One asked the Juneau Assembly to rescind its petition to intervene over its acquisition of Alaska Electric Light and Power. In return it had offered some general commitments that Assembly members felt didn’t go far enough to protect the community’s interests.