Alaska sues over Pebble mine initiative
Posted 10.28.11 by Renewable Resources Coalition
JUNEAU -- The state of Alaska is seeking to invalidate the results of voter initiative that could stop a massive mine development near one of the world's premier salmon fisheries.
Residents of Lake and Peninsula Borough voted earlier this month to ban large-scale resource extraction that would "destroy or degrade" salmon habitat. The measure was aimed at Pebble mine, a gold and copper prospect located near the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
But the state, in a lawsuit against the borough, claims the initiative is trumped by Alaska law. It is asking a judge to keep the borough from enforcing the measure.
The lawsuit alleges the initiative usurps and conflicts with the state's authority to govern the management and development of mineral resources.
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