Recent editorial roundup about mining in Alaska.
Last week, the Anchorage Daily News published two mining editorials written by Alaskans, one from a mining engineer and the other from a mining association leader. Both editorials address inaccuracies previously published about mining projects in the state, including Pebble.
Mining in Alaska is a ‘tough business’
Richard Hughes, a mining engineer with more than 50 years of experience in Alaska, states how the mining industry in Alaska is not only labor and cost intensive, but is a complex business for miners, developers and federal regulators. This context was downplayed in a Daily News opinion piece on May 23, with inaccurate claims about Anglo American’s departure from Pebble and Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration approach to Pebble. Hughes states:
“I personally have never heard the governor say he is 'all for' Pebble. But I thank the governor, attorney general, and DNR commissioner, who have stood up for due process and pushed back on the EPA's power grab in Bristol Bay.”
Read Mr. Hughes’ editorial here »
Alaska Miners Association Executive Director Deantha Crockett offers a broad perspective about Alaska’s coal resources. In response to a May 15 opinion piece, Crockett highlights how opposition to mining development in Alaska is largely funded by outside money, diminishing economic growth and job development in Alaska. Crockett wrote:
“The nine largest donors identified on their latest annual report are 100 percent Outsiders. These are foundations and wealthy donors in San Francisco, Seattle and New York.”
Read Ms. Crockett's editorial here »