Mine poses no threat to commercial fishery

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

I write in support of Coeur Alaska's latest plan to develop Kensington Mine, near Pt. Sherman.

I have followed Coeur's development plan since inception and find the current projection no threat to the Lynn Canal commercial fishery.

I have commercially fished this area for 50-plus years and most of this effort has been concentrated in the Pt. Sherman area. If I felt threatened by Coeur's development plan, I would not be writing in their behalf.

It is important to note that those of us involved in early negotiations with Coeur did not give carte blanche permission for them to develop at their discretion. Coeur's leadership (particularly Rick Richins) was very sensitive to fishermen's concerns. The issues were discussed, debated, and resolved in an amicable manner. Two of the individuals who deserve recognition for negotiating in behalf of the fishing fleet are Stan Wood of Haines and Eldon Dennis of Juneau.

With the economic downturn in the commercial fishery, many of us see the need for diversification. Haines is a prime example of a community existing on the very edge.

Ronald K. Sparks


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