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Challenging Proposed Mining In The Chilkat Watershed

Will Patric : Dec 8.2017

Rivers Without Borders joined the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, and Lynn Canal Conservation in a legal challenge of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) environmental review associated with the Constantine mine proposal in the Chilkat watershed. The legal complaint was filed on Dec. 4, 2017 by Earthjustice. The essence of the complaint is that BLM’s piecemeal approval of road building and other exploration activities related to the mine proposal fail to consider potential big picture consequences of a mine development in the upper Chilkat watershed that these activities could lead to.

The transboundary Chilkat watershed is home to the Chilkat Indian Tribe. It is also a major southeast Alaska salmon producer and locale of the famed Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Near Haines Alaska, the Chilkat is also known for its spectacular scenery and recreational attributes.

A press release about the legal challenge follows …

FINAL Press Release 2017 12 3 Complaint, 12-4-17

 

 

 

 

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