Alaska House backs Kensington permits

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

JUNEAU - The Alaska House of Representatives voted again Thursday to symbolically support permits for Juneau's Kensington Mine, which currently await review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The resolution calls Kensington a "showcase project that would help address the Obama administration's concern for economic recovery and employment of Americans."

It calls on Alaska's governor to quickly help the mine get the permits it needs in the event of a favorable ruling from the nation's high court.

"This is a statement of support for Kensington," said Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, who sponsored the resolution.

The delays caused by the legal action means some of the more than 70 permits the mine has obtained may be in jeopardy, Muñoz said.

Co-sponsor Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, said the resolution will help renew those permits.

"This is a very strong industry and historic industry in our part of the state, and it has been going through a very long path," Kerttula said.

She said the goal of the resolution is to see that "at the end of the lawsuit they are up and running as quickly as possible."

House Resolution 12 was only introduced Wednesday, but passed 39-0.

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