Read news coverage about the event and take a look at an op-ed by a local fisherman.
Speakers at the event included Juneau seiner Bruce Wallace, past president of United Fishermen of Alaska, a powerful trade group representing 36 commercial fishing organizations. Wallace noted that KSM is just one of nearly a dozen mines planned for northwest B.C., which borders Southeast Alaska.
“I’ve never seen anything like this. The sheer scope of the mineral development planned for the transboundary region is staggering. I feel somewhat at a loss for how to meet these proposals head-on but we have to start somewhere,” Wallace said.
“We currently have very little recourse if something goes wrong. The existing treaties between the U.S. and Canada don’t really give us a way to productively engage in a dialogue about this,” he said.
Canada’s public comment period on KSM closed on Oct. 21. Thank you to the more than 250 individuals and groups that took the time to weigh in with their concerns about the project.
With the comment period over, we will be asking Alaska’s congressional delegation to weigh on this with the U.S. State Department to ensure that Alaska’s interests are protected. Stayed tuned for more details on what you can do.