Don't divide on mine issue

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005

Mr. Rorick's My Turn column (Sept. 28) leads the uninformed reader to believe the Kensington Mine will be somehow in violation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. This is simply false. The discharge water entering Berners Bay will meet the standards set forth in the act. How can anyone believe Coeur would be permitted if this was not the case? Meaningless statistics that imply all 200,000 mines ever dug in America pollute rivers, the sins of our fathers (of which there are many), Bush-bashing and drumming up the fear that every living creature known to the area will perish forever if this mine is opened does not alter the simple fact that the mine will not be in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Why doesn't the Empire invite spokespeople from both sides of the issue to sit down in a public forum, debate the issue, post the "unedited and entire" results in a supplement to their paper and Web site, and let the public decide. In doing so, the Juneau Empire would truly be serving the community that supports it rather than further dividing it as this piece does.

Robert Tonkin


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