JUNEAU - Mining is good for Alaska's economy, but while the state's six producing mines are holding up well, and some even expanding, a sharp 38 percent drop in exploration spending last year is having ripple effects.
Mines operating in Alaska are injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the state's economy, particularly benefiting the state's larger communities where support companies are based.
...Merrill Sikorski moderated the forum. During her opening statement, Lorna Shaw, executive director of the Council of Alaska Producers, said the initiative was put in place because of a "very vocal and well-funded opposition" to the Pebble...
It will shut down mining in Alaska, spoil several rural economies and disrupt long established lifestyles.
Backers of a proposed clean water ballot proposition that would place stringent environmental restrictions on large new mines have filed petitions with more than 60,000 signatures with the state Division of Elections.
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