Do what Alaskans want on mine

Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I was disappointed to read the comments of Northern Dynasty's Bruce Jenkins recently. Developing a large open-pit mine in the middle of the Bristol Bay watershed — perhaps the world's greatest red salmon fishery — is inherently controversial. But name calling and finger pointing are divisive tactics that do little to advance the necessary dialogue on this important issue.

If Alaskans feel the highest and best use of these lands and waters is open-pit mining, then let's do it. But if Alaskans believe commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries are important for current and future generations, then let's look at the science and the facts.

Bob Shavelson, Cook Inlet Keeper, Homer



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