Judge upholds decision to require economic study of True North mine

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A state Superior Court judge is sticking by his decision to require an economic impact study of the True North gold mine.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Fairbanks Gold Mining had asked Judge Charles Pengilly to reconsider his decision, handed down earlier this month. Pengilly denied the request late last week.

Residents living near the mine, 30 miles north of Fairbanks, have complained about lights and noise from trucks that carry ore from the mine 24 hours a day.

They say the trucks disrupt sleep as well as tourism businesses that cater to visitors who want to view the northern lights.

State officials say they've already begun gathering information for an economic impact study.

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