I wanted to thank the Cook Inlet Alliance for putting on such an informative meeting on Oct. 17 concerning mine toxins. The focus of the meeting was the effects that Pebble Mine and the Chuitna Coal Mines could likely have on this area and the surrounding people and wildlife.
I thought it was great to see pro Pebble Mine people sharing their views and also to absorb the information that was laid out. I was, however, disappointed to see that our elected officials that represent this area were not in attendance.
I believe in hearing all sides of a story, especially when making decisions that will affect an entire community and am ashamed that the city and borough representatives were not there to hear this important information. These same representatives have heard Northern Dynasty's side of the story. Is sitting down and listening to a well-qualified scientist for two hours too much to ask?
I am sure that being an elected official is a time-consuming job, but I just don't understand why this is not a priority for them.
The economy of this state is important, but some things, such as the health of this state's people and eco-system, are worth more than gold. I am not anti-mining; I am, however, anti-Pebble Mine. The location of this mine is far too risky and could do major damage to a sustainable fishery that could last forever if we treat it right.
I believe that getting all sides of the information is important before making a decision and wish our representatives believed the same. I encourage all residents to look into the information and to understand the consequences of such a risky endeavor.
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