After meeting with two British Columbia officials, legislators from Southeast Alaska announced they were calling on the U.S. to intervene.
The tribes are seeking protective action under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, the framework for resolving disputes over shared waters.
She also plans to keep pushing for a ban on tailings dams that hold back mine waste along cross-border rivers.
The resolution asks for a pause on permitting for new mine projects until there’s an agreement between the U.S. and Canada on protecting rivers from mining pollution.
Alaska’s U.S. senators hosted members of an international commission charged with investigating transboundary water disputes in Juneau on Monday.
The Walker administration is using its final weeks in office to push for tougher mine rules across the border in British Columbia. The province is in the midst of reviewing its mine reclamation laws.
A recent letter from the U.S. State Department acknowledges Alaskans’ concerns about pollution from current and potential British Columbia mines.
The Juneau Assembly will ask the State Department to raise transboundary mining concerns with Canada. An earlier resolution was rejected by some Assembly members as anti-mining.
Petersburg’s borough Assembly Monday passed a resolution seeking enforceable protections against pollution from mines in British Columbia on rivers that flow into Southeast Alaska. Meanwhile, Alaska’s lieutenant governor said he is raising the issue with both provincial and federal governments. https://kfsk-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/02MINERESPSGweb.mp3 The group Salmon Beyond Borders is asking municipal governments in Southeast Alaska this year…
British Columbia will allow the Mount Polley Mine to resume limited operations. The mine’s tailings dam broke last year, polluting nearby waterways.