Mining forum a success

Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Cook Inlet Alliance wishes to thank the Islands and Ocean Visitors Center for providing a venue for our Nov. 17 forum, “Open Pit Mining: Its History, Our Future?” The event was a great success. We were pleased that 130 interested citizens attended. Many thoughtful and compelling questions were asked concerning the socioeconomic, environmental, technical and legal aspects of large-scale open pit mining.

We appreciate the time people spent filling out our questionnaire and supplying us with comments and concerns. Our findings will be published, and we plan to incorporate many of these ideas into future forums.

We would also like to thank the following elected officials for their attendance at this important meeting: State Rep. Paul Seaton, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams, Homer Mayor James Hornaday and Homer City Council members Val McLay and Dennis Novak.

The Cook Inlet Alliance offers a special thanks for the highly informative presentations by Ann Rothe and Dr. David Chambers, and their willingness to travel all the way to Homer to share their knowledge and expertise.

The Cook Inlet Alliance is a community based group of citizens and businesses in the Cook Inlet watershed dedicated to gathering and sharing reliable and accurate information regarding the proposed Pebble open pit mine and related projects. We look forward to seeing you at future forums.

Valerie Connor

Cook Inlet Alliance

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