Alaska voters weighing in: salmon vs. gold
The battle over a copper and gold mine near one of the world’s premiere fisheries is headed to the ballot.
The vote has turned a normally sleepy local election into a national environmental debate.
Voters in southwest Alaska’s Lake and Peninsula Borough are deciding whether to ban large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining, that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. The measure is aimed at Pebble Mine, the world-class gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay.