The Southeast community of Haines has the reputation of being polarized. It lived up to that reputation last week with two vastly different events about a potential metals mine.
If Merrill Palmer gives up his mining claims, that federal land turns into Alaska Mental Health Trust Land.
The Alaska Marine Highway System’s shutdown of regional service till March is having ripple effects for Southeast Alaska’s miners. Some of the 30 or so miners living in Haines are struggling to get to work — and keep their jobs.
A state agency asked Constantine to complete a study to see if water from its discharge sites will move to nearby surface waters.
Physicians, mining company say they want more community discussion on the project.
The unannounced visit came as state regulators reconsider a wastewater permit for the proposed metals mine north of Haines.
The Palmer Project near Haines received some key permits from the state last month. The project is not a mine yet, but the Constantine Metal Resources company hopes it will be one in the future. Conservation groups say the state hasn’t collected enough information to issue the permits.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a waste management permit for a controversial mineral exploration project near the communities of Klukwan and Haines.
A federal judge ruled in March that the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t have to consider future mine impacts when permitting for exploration.
A federal court ruled Friday that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley.