A question to Alaska's Legislators: Where do you stand on the Pebble Mine issue?
Think long and hard on this question. I am not asking you where you stand on mining, but where you stand on Pebble Mine.
Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. and we have obligations to realize that each region of Alaska is unique and requires different care and development considerations. The challenge we are facing as Alaskans is to relate to each other, despite the distance and scale of land that separates us.
I am from Dillingham and am in Juneau for my first time. The terrain here differs dramatically from my home, with your steep hills and hundreds of stairways. I dare not ask you to manage your city based on the landscape of Dillingham.
Bristol Bay is the last great salmon run, dear legislators. I am asking you to take a stance and defend Bristol Bay salmon resources and the people, animals and plants who depend on them.
I am not taking my stand against Pebble because I am against all mining. I am taking my stand against it because I understand that there is a time and place for a mine the size of Pebble. But that time is not now, and it also is not at the headwaters of the largest wild salmon producing water shed in the world.
It is now up to you, the lawmakers of our great state, to take a stand and introduce legislation that will protect Bristol Bay - Alaska's last great run!