Judge Hears Arguments Over Mining Initiative

A state court judge is being asked to overturn a 2011 initiative that developers of the proposed Pebble Mine see as an attempt to kill the project.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A state court judge is being asked to overturn a 2011 initiative that developers of the proposed Pebble Mine see as an attempt to kill the project.

The Save our Salmon initiative, passed by Lake and Peninsula Borough voters, bans large-scale resource extraction, including mining, that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat.
The Pebble Limited Partnership and state have asked Judge John Suddock to strike down the proposal. They argue it wrongly elevates the borough's role above the state's role in overseeing natural resources.
The state also has told Suddock the proposed Pebble Mine couldn't be developed if the initiative stands.
A borough attorney told Suddock Wednesday that with the initiative, the borough isn't prohibiting mining but prohibiting harm to salmon.