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Too many concerns, not enough solutions surround Kinross' ore trucking plan

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If you left the public information meeting held by Kinross Fort Knox about the Manh Choh mine last week thinking you had just attended a shareholder promotion, you can be forgiven. Kinross quickly explained how community development and public safety had to be sacrificed for “affordability” and how instead they would transport the ore back to the Fort Knox site near Fairbanks over our public roads in large trucks, a 200-mile journey.

Any serious discussion of alternatives to this transportation plan was skipped. Apparently, it was a given that the minute we heard alternatives were too expensive, we would acquiesce to the plan they were presenting. We would all agree that profits must come in front of all other considerations and, that if the other alternatives were going to be more expensive, or slow down the project, there was no way they could even be considered.

Jenny Bell-Jones is chair emeritus of the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This work represents her opinion and not that of the department.


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