Coeur Alaska should leave the bay alone

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2005

Maybe I'm a cynic, but why does Coeur Alaska feel it is necessary to air radio ads about supporting public radio and building Southeast communities? Guilty conscience?

I don't particularly care about who Coeur donates to, just how the corporation does its job. If Coeur really wants to convince Juneau that it's part of our community, wouldn't the money be better spent on making sure the Kensington Mine is the safest and least damaging mine possible? Coeur d'Alene Mines, Coeur Alaska's parent company, doesn't have a good financial record. Stockholders haven't seen dividends in years. Nor does it have a good pollution record. As recently as 2004 the Rochester Mine in Nevada was cited by the state for cyanide pollution of groundwater. Since Coeur d'Alene Mines seems to do all the financial reporting for Coeur Alaska, it's a good bet Coeur Alaska follows the lead of its parent company.

Many of us in Juneau hold Berners Bay in high regard. If Coeur Alaska was really "just one of us," if it really felt concern for our community, it would leave the bay alone.

Kirk Petersen


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