Alaska voters weighing in: salmon vs. gold

The salmon vs. gold debate continues in Alaska Native territory. See also this article on Yakutat in Tlingit Country.

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Bonner County Daily Bee
AL Grillo

Alaska voters weighing in: salmon vs. gold

Alaska voters weighing in: salmon vs. gold

FILE – In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble
Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near
the village of Iliamma, Alaska. The battle over a copper and gold
mine near one of the world’s premiere salmon fisheries is headed to
the ballot in a vote next week that has turned a normally sleepy
local election into a national environmental debate. (AP Photo/Al
Grillo, File)

The vote is the latest skirmish in the fight over a project that
supporters say could create up to 1,000 long-term jobs in
economically-depressed rural Alaska but that opponents fear could
fundamentally change the landscape and disrupt, if not destroy, a
way of life.

The mine would be directly above Iliamna Lake, the largest producer of sockeye salmon in the world.

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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