Tribal leaders, scientists, fishermen and community members warned a legislative committee of the consequences of a cross-border mining disaster.
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said it was important for him to see the Unuk, one of the transboundary rivers that flows from British Columbia into Alaska. Those rivers are a subject of concern because of Canadian mining activity.
Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal government is pressing for an intensive environmental analysis of the region’s health as part of a larger push for protection of transboundary rivers.
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says the state will share its knowledge and ask for input on Canadian mines near rivers that flow into Alaska. He wants others with transboundary mine concerns to join forces.
A new Walker-Mallott administration working group is addressing British Columbia’s mining boom near its border with Alaska. But the group is not ready to take the stands mine critics hope for.