I was fortunate to visit the Kensington gold mine recently and saw for myself the carefully planned project Coeur Alaska has built. Many things impressed me, but specifically, how small the mine's footprint is, how clean they've kept the area and the many environmental safeguards in place. It seems foolish to me that there's been so much fighting over the tiny pond called Slate Lake.
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I feel strongly that we are all responsible to the future generations. I want my grandchildren to inherit a healthy world, and while we must protect the environment, it would be foolish to lock it all up.
The impressive mill facility, which is 100 percent complete, is a state of the art, high-tech complex that must make the builders and operators very proud. I recognized many workers, some I've known for more than 30 years. You can hear the pride in their voices and you can see it on their faces. What a truly amazing accomplishment!
I wonder if Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Sierra Club and the Lynn Canal Conservation Group have seen the site. If they had, perhaps there would be no lawsuit. It would be a serious mistake to waste this mine, and if we do, there surely won't be another soon. A picture is worth a thousand words. Please allow the mine to go forward into production - for all of us.