With election day less than two weeks away, campaigns for candidates and ballot initiatives are trying to secure every vote they can. This week, a campaigner for Ballot Initiative 4, called the “Bristol Bay Forever” initiative, spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning.
Few issues have consistently drawn as much debate over the last few years in Alaska as has the Pebble Mine. The Pebble Partnership’s goal is to establish a large mining operation in the Bristol Bay area. The fight over the mining project comes from those concerned about the region’s abundant salmon fishery. The November 4th ballot will include an effort to place another layer of required approval on large mining projects in Bristol Bay by expanding an existing law. Anders Gustafson, Executive Director of Renewable Resources Foundation and Coalition, explains what Proposition 4 looks to change.
“The law said that any oil and gas development that would happen in that area would need to seek approval of the legislature, or therefore the people of Alaska. So, we’re looking to amend that existing law to include mineral leases as well, because we think that, if the rules are good enough for oil and gas, that large-scale mining should have to follow the same rules.” (more…)