Aleutians East Borough votes to join feds in battle over King Cove road

A view of King Cove, which may be allowed to build a controversial road under the Trump administration. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)

The Aleutians East Borough plans to join the legal battle over a land exchange that would allow construction of a controversial road between King Cove and Cold Bay.

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In January, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land exchange agreement with the King Cove Corporation that would allow for a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Assembly members voted unanimously last week to intervene on the side of the federal government in the lawsuit environmental groups brought against the Interior Department to stop the road.

The Borough approved spending $61,875 to hire a law firm to help them join the case.

That money will also help four other local entities trying to intervene on behalf of the federal government, the King Cove Corporation, The City of King Cove, the Agdaagux Tribe and the Native Village of Belkofski.