States Files Suit Over Pebble Mine Initiative

The state of Alaska wants to invalidate the results of the Lake and Peninsula Borough ban on large scale resource extraction that would adversely impact salmon habitat.    Earlier this month, Borough voters approved the ban, which affects the proposed Pebble Mine project, located near the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

The state has filed a lawsuit against the Borough, claiming the initiative is trumped by Alaska law. The state’s suit asks a judge to keep the borough from enforcing the measure.

The lawsuit alleges the initiative usurps and conflicts with the state’s authority to govern the management and development of mineral resources.

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