On Oct 5th, Seabridge, a Canadian mining company, held a public meeting in Ketchikan to inform the public about a mine proposal on the headwaters of the Unuk and Nass Rivers. Despite the short notification prior to the meeting, the room was packed with folks opposed to the project.
After Brent Murphy of Seabridge gave his hour and a half introduction, the floor was opened to questions. None spoke in favor of the mine, and Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribal members testified about the danger posed to their salmon and hooligan fisheries. Since all tribes are sovereign nations, negotiations between the tribes and the Canadian government will be necessary. The state of Alaska will work with the company in the permitting process but the DEC official said the State would grant permits if environmental regulations were considered.
Interested persons can call locally to our three representatives in D.C. Lisa Murkowski’s office is 907 225 6880, Mark Begich’s office is 907 225 3000, and Don Young’s is 907 225 6880. Call Scott Walker of the Ketchikan ADFG (907 225 5195) commercial fish division if you are concerned about fish runs in southern Southeast. Joe Hitselberger of the Habitat Division in Juneau (541-563-2347)has a seat at the table with the Canadian mining companies. The Habitat Division can be encouraged to monitor water quality that is already being impacted by melting glaciers.
Since Seabridge is only doing feasability studies, now is the time to ask qestions and stay informed.
Contact The Ministry of British Columbia, Environmental Protection Division at: (250) 387-1288, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Office of the Commissioner at: 907-269-8431, or email: email@example.com