Giant Alaskan mine could devastate salmon, EPA says

  • Article by: Becky Bohrer , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 9:11 PM

The Alaskan copper and gold mine also would hurt the native culture, report concludes.

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love101Jan. 15, 1410:30 PM

Fishing is Alaska's lifeblood, culturally and economically. Why risk the tens of thousands of jobs that depend on fishing so they can create 300 mining jobs? Doesn't make sense.

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minn12Jan. 15, 1411:11 PM

It's beyond doubt that the EPA is a radical liberal organization that basically blocks every single attempt to mine or build new power plants or pipelines. Every single one. The response is always the same- the sky will fall and good old Mother Earth will be destroyed if the project is approved. You know it's a good safe project whenever Robert Redford is against it. You also know the study is bogus whenever they talk about compensation for 'cultural disruption'. Give me a break.

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ruphinaJan. 16, 14 4:21 AM

If the nut jobs at EPA had their way, we would ALL have to go back to hunter-gatherer status, because everything modern humans do to enable 7 billion people to live will kill our Mother Earth. Fine with me, but you do realize that under those rules, the earth will support maybe half a billion people, and I am betting a very large proportion of those will be NRA members- like me. Bill G.

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sarahanneJan. 16, 14 6:57 AM

Why do we have such total disregard for water? If we lose the quantity and quality of our water the amount of gold and copper available will be irrelevant.

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J110885Jan. 16, 14 7:45 AM

The only long term jobs that a large mining project like that will create are cleanup jobs for decades to repair the damage after the land is raped and the lakes and streams are polluted! The nerve of the EPA and their scientific approaches!

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doorstopJan. 16, 14 7:58 AM

"If the nut jobs at EPA had their way, we would ALL have to go back to hunter-gatherer status, because everything modern humans do to enable 7 billion people to live will kill our Mother Earth."---People need food and livelihoods more than they need gold and copper. Destroying 46% of an important food supply and the associated jobs hardly seems like a step in the right direction. On a more selfish note, I love sockeye salmon and it's expensive enough as it is. Guess what happens when the supply is reduced by 46%?

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sadie23Jan. 16, 14 8:04 AM

A mining project which has an environmental risk this large is just about one thing, money! Large profits for the corporation and it's shareholders, nothing more. The talk about more jobs for 20 years is just lip service to get the money.

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jpjc54Jan. 16, 14 8:57 AM

Is anyone one surprised the by the EPA's findings that as usual warn of "possible" negative consequences. New flash... life is full of possible negative consequences!

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palsarJan. 16, 14 9:25 AM

"The talk about more jobs for 20 years is just lip service to get the money." --- Wow, sounds just like the Democratic party!

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saginawdanJan. 16, 14 9:31 AM

If it wasn't for the EPA and environmental activists, the corporate world would cut every tree, level any mountain, or destroy any water source they choose to. Greed has no limits. The most valuable resource we have is clean water and when that's gone it's game over. This is a water world people, our bodies are composed of 60% water...why anyone would back the interests of corporations who violate the very essence of life is way beyond me.

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