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Stikine mine plans discussed

Environmental groups are trying to raise awareness about plans for new, open-pit mining operations in the Stikine river region of British Columbia. They’re particularly concerned about the potential for mine pollutants to impact fisheries downstream in Southeast Alaska. Representatives from Rivers without Borders and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council are giving presentations on the issue for fishermen and other members of the public in Petersburg this week. Matt Lichtenstein asked for a preview:
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The 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty says that waterways shared by the US and Canada –quote- “shall not be polluted on either side to the injury of health or property on the other.” The treaty also established an International Joint Commission of US and Canadian Representatives. They’re tasked with addressing cross-border issues like water quality.

Rivers without Borders and SEACC will talk about plans for mining development in the Stikine region of British Columbia Wednesday at seven in the Petersburg assembly chambers. They’ll follow that up with a question and answer session Thursday night at the same time and place.

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