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2008-09-10 03:00:11

If you could pass a law not just punishing a rapist, but preventing the rape from occurring in the first place, why wouldn't you? Alaska voters may, in effect, have that chance on Tuesday - by approving a law that might prevent the wholesale pillaging of a pristine area with what would be the largest open mine in the Western hemisphere. Not only would the foreign-owned Pebble Mine despoil the unblemished scenery near southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay, but it would also endanger the...

2008-08-28 00:00:30

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaskans were given an option when voting for an initiative in their primary election: mining or fish. They chose mining. With more than 84 percent of votes tallied today, the measure was declared dead with more than 57 percent of voters rejecting it. The ballot measure would have imposed two water quality standards on any new large-scale mines in Alaska. Had it passed, it would have restricted large, new mines from releasing toxic...

2008-08-25 09:01:27

By William Yardley Just up the fish-rich rivers that surround this tiny bush town on Bristol Bay is a discovery of copper and gold so vast and valuable that no one seems able to measure it all. Then again, no one really knows the value of the rivers, either. They are the priceless headwaters of one of the world's last great runs of Pacific salmon. "Perhaps it was God who put these two great resources right next to each other," said John Shively, the chief executive of a foreign consortium...

2008-07-27 15:00:35

By Margaret Bauman, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 27--A clean water initiative on the Aug. 26 statewide election ballot to limit the discharge of certain toxic pollutants into state's waterways, has become a focal point in increasingly heated debates on the future of Alaska mining. Proponents and opponents of Proposition 4 agree on one thing: the outcome of this vote will affect development of the Pebble prospect, a massive proposed copper, gold and molybdenum mining venture...

2008-07-24 12:00:53

By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 24--Alaskans are being deluged with TV, print and radio ads asking them to vote for or against Ballot Measure 4, which seeks voter approval for more water quality regulations for large mines. The two factions in the ad war -- the state's mining industry and foes of the controversial Pebble copper and gold project in Southwest Alaska -- are also reaching out to Alaska voters by snail mail. In recent weeks, the groups have...

2008-07-22 12:00:00

By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 22--The friends and foes of Ballot Measure 4, the proposed state law seeking tougher pollution standards for large, new mines, can't seem to find much to agree on. Not only do they disagree about the effects of the initiative -- its sponsors say it won't hurt any projects except Pebble, but the mining industry and its supporters say it could shut down many Alaska mines -- they can't agree on basic matters about the mining industry....

2008-07-04 12:00:22

By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 4--The Alaska Supreme Court issued a order Thursday allowing a "Clean Water" initiative to go on the statewide ballot in August. Ballot Measure 4 would prohibit new large metallic mines from discharging harmful amounts of certain pollutants into drinking water supplies or salmon streams. The initiative's main target is the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska, controversial due to its location near the...


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