Mining mistatements

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It is very difficult to stay silent while the Southeast Alaska Conservation Coalition and other environmental agencies make blanket misstatements of the facts. These agencies choose words that misguide the reader.

The Army Corps of Engineers did its job. They permitted the Kensington project based on facts and input from numerous environmental impact studies.

The tailings management process presented to the Corps of Engineers by Coeur Alaska is the most environmentally correct option. I know this because my family and I have owned property in Berners Bay for over 108 years - and we would not allow our land to be part of a mining project doomed to be a toxic waste site.

My family has been in Alaska for many years. My great grandparents were Alaska pioneers and gold miners. Frank Cook, my great-grandfather, discovered many of the mines in Southeast Alaska. We understand firsthand what it means to be a steward of the land. We have been stewards of the land for many years contributing to the preservation of many of your favorite fishing spots.

I am very confident that the Coeur Alaska, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Natural Recourses and the U.S. Forest Service have all made the right decision to provide the necessary permits.

My family and I know what a rare and precious honor it is to own property in the Tongass National Forest and would not trade it for anything. For 108 years, we have worked very hard to keep the land in our family. So please understand that we would not sign up to ruin our land.

Maureen Stoll

Mount Lake Terrace, Wash.

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