To the editor: Kinross and Alaska’s leaders have the opportunity to influence the direction of Interior mining for the next 50 years. Will they continue the public relations campaign that only supports company viewpoints? Or will the community be able to truly participate, implement solutions and influence regional development?
Alaskans have a right to be concerned about the Manh Choh Project transportation plan. Kinross/PeakGold expects public resources to provide infrastructure and maintenance. We have a stake. Most industries invest in infrastructure to process and reduce raw materials before transporting. They build private pipelines, rail extensions, access roads and processing facilities. This reduces impact to public resources. Yes, we should single out abuse of the system.