Environment

October 19, 2011

Alaska borough voters reject controversial mine

Voters in two Alaska boroughs rejected a giant mine that is controversial because of its potential impact on salmon in Bristol Bay. Now the matter goes to the courts.

Voters in two Alaska boroughs have approved by fewer than 40 votes a ballot initiative meant to sidetrack the massive Pebble mine prospect.

Borough officials announced late Monday night that the initiative passed on a vote of 280 to 246. The initiative changes borough law to forbid the granting of permits for any big mine that would have a "significant adverse impact" on salmon streams in the area of Bristol Bay.

Now it's headed to court.

Read the full story at adn.com.

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