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Draw your own conclusions on mine

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2007

Most people in this modern world are pretty busy. It's hard to pay attention to what s going on around us. We can barely find time to watch the news, so we may miss something very important.

A lot of people realize that the salmon run in Bristol Bay is the largest in the world, but many don't know that a foreign mining conglomerate wants to blast out the largest hard rock mine in North America, dead center in the spawning grounds. Northern Dynasty Mines Inc. is calling this the proposed Pebble Mine project.

We would like to believe that there are safeguards in place to protect the interests of all Alaskans in a situation like this, but these protections were largely removed by Frank Murkowski and have not been reinstated by Sarah Palin, even though she has the ability to do so. Tom Irwin, who is the head of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, was formerly general manager of the Fort Knox gold mine, and Larry Hartig, who is commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, was formerly a lawyer representing the interests of Teck Cominco mining.

The foxes are in charge of the henhouse.

The Alaska citizens united in opposition to this project are as diverse as the region they are trying to protect. Anyone who thoroughly researches the issue will soon realize that this proposal is bad for Alaska. But don't take my word for it; please investigate it carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Clark G. Whitney Jr.

Soldotna



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