JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A British Columbian gold mine would pollute a major tributary of a Ketchikan fjord, threatening fishing stock and tourism, locals say.
They allege the mine's s massive amounts of water requiring treatment, sludge, tailings, rock and processing would be a "looming train wreck."
The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/178O8CG ) a meeting of fishermen, environmentalists and tribal members focused on the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell, also known as KSM.
KSM is a proposed mine undergoing permitting in British Columbia. It would be one of the largest mines in the world once operational.
The mine is proposed for a site on the Unuk River, which flows into the Misty Fjords National Monument.
The river supports five species of salmon.
Mine owner Seabridge Gold conducted an environmental report that predicts minimal impact on fish and their habitat.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com