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'Save our Salmon' Initiative to Appear on Fall Ballot

KING SALMON, AK – Lake and Peninsula Borough citizens yesterday filed an application to have the “Save our Salmon” Initiative to appear on the next municipal election ballot. The Initiative, sponsored by 24 Lake and Peninsula Borough residents, will prohibit any large-scale resource extraction activity (including mining) if that activity could destroy or degrade salmon waters.

“This Initiative is about giving a voice to the Alaskans who will be most affected by industrial development in Bristol Bay,” said George Jacko, lead sponsor of the “Save our Salmon” Initiative.

If passed, the “Save our Salmon” Initiative would alter the development permitting code to disallow the development of any large-scale resource extraction, including the Pebble Mine, if such development threatens to destroy salmon habitat. Additionally, this measure grants the public the ability to obtain court review of the permitting process.

THE SPONSORS OF THE “SAVE OUR SALMON” INITIATIVE ARE:

Jackie G. Hobson, Sr. George Jacko Lydia Olympic

Johnny Lind David Askoak Clemends Gruenert

Gerald Kosbruk Mitchell Lind William Evanoff

Frank Gruenert Harry Karshekoff George Alexie

Dian Alexie Nancy Delkittie Robert B. Gillam

Bryan D. Vincent Greg Andrew, Jr. Shirley Andrew

Keith Jensen Carol Grunert Yvette Evanoff

John B. Branson Kristy Jeffries Terry D. Mann

A SUMMARY OF THE “SAVE OUR SALMON” INITIATIVE

“An Act Protecting the Salmon of Bristol Bay and Prohibiting the Destruction or Degradation of Salmon Bearing Waters”

PURPOSE—

The purpose of this Act is to protect salmon habitat from destruction or degradation as a result of large-scale mining activities in the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

EFFECT—

This Act would amend the Borough’s development permitting code to prevent the development of any large-scale resource extraction activity (including mining activities) which would destroy or degrade salmon habitat.

This Act would also allow members of the public to obtain court review of any decision by the Borough Assembly to permit a project that could destroy of degrade such habitat.

If enacted, this Act will become effective immediately upon certification of the election results.

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