Mine jobs come with environmental cost

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2005

I am appalled at Coeur Alaska's proposal to dump mine tailings in Lower Slate Lake. We are talking about a mine that is slated to be operational for only 10 years. Yes, I know that means jobs for some folks for 10 years. And that's significant. But at what cost? The future of a spectacular natural area is being jeopardized for very short term gain.

Tailings in the lake mean killing the fish unless they are relocated. Will the lake, if reclaimed, ever regain its ability to support fish? Questionable. What about the fish in Johnson Creek? They, too, will be seriously impacted by the water sucked out for mill use. And for sure the effects of construction will be catastrophic.

Do we really want to cause all this destruction so our children and grandchildren will not have the opportunities we have had? I sincerely hope we will use future vision and not make all the same mistakes that have been made in the past.

Beth Bishop

Juneau



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