Alaska voters may get a chance to chime in on mining project

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January 16, 2013

Alaska

By Al Ortiz

JUNEAU, Alaska: In the Lake and Peninsula Borough of Southwest Alaska, voters approved a ballot measure to ban open-pit mining in the watershed of Bristol Bay. Fast forward more than a year later, state voters may have a say on the issue.[1]

According to reports, opponents of the mining project want to bring the issue to the state ballot, which would protect Bristol Bay wild salmon and waters within the fisheries reserve from mining. This would be done by requiring the Alaska Legislature to enact a law stating that any mining projects would in no way endanger salmon.

The initiative effort, Bristol Bay Forever, must collect 30,169 signatures in one year in order to be placed on the 2014 ballot.

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