Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
Finally the public may get some chance to have an opinion about this use of THEIR resources!
Opponents of proposed Alaska (Pebble) mine score in court:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Opponents of a huge copper and gold mine being developed in Alaska near some of the world's most productive wild salmon streams have scored a court victory.
An Anchorage Superior Court judge issued a decision Monday clearing the way for a trial to challenge state permits for the Pebble Mine being developed by Canada's Northern Dynasty Minerals and London-based Anglo American.
The lawsuit alleges that the state issued the permits in July 2009 without looking at the harm that could be done to public resources, and it claims that's a violation of the Alaska Constitution.
Judge Eric A. Aarseth found that the Department of Environmental Resources should have considered certain constitutional issues before issuing the permits.
The trial is scheduled for Dec. 6.
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