How much more does a company have to do to prove its value to Alaska? The people behind the Kensington Mine have spent a fortune on environmental studies and environmental permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. They've spent years working with the community on a number of issues. And now, they're willing to go to court to help bring high-paying jobs, a hefty tax base and an environmental program to Juneau.
Couer Alaska has more than proved its dedication and commitment to this community. And now I think it's time we all support the company as it intervenes in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
This lawsuit could potentially shut down mine operations. It could potentially eliminate high-paying jobs. And it could potentially discourage Coeur Alaska from operating here.
Let's face it, our economy in Juneau is not diversified. We need more than government and a few other industries, like the seasonal visitor trade, to provide jobs in the coming years. Our economic vitality depends on our ability to continue to grow and develop responsible initiatives in our area. We need to support new industry. Especially when it is industry from a company that has shown so much patience, care and concern for Juneau, both now and in the future.