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February 23, 2015
High Country News reports on the proposed road to Ambler.
“It’s hard to find a place more remote than Bettles, Alaska. The village of 15 people lies 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the Koyukuk River, accessible to the outside world only by an ice road, boat or plane. And 69-year-old mayor Gary Hanchett likes it that way. “I love the country,”he says in a slow, gravelly voice. “To this day I don’t see myself ever living south of the (Yukon).”
But former Governor Sean Parnell targeted the region around Bettles for one of a handful of “mega-projects,”huge developments meant to create jobs and tap into Alaska’s untouched resources. In this case, the resource was copper, and the project a 220-mile long mining road that would cross more than 100 streams and rivers, countless acres of tundra and wetlands, and Gates of the Arctic National Park. It would also trundle right past Hanchett’s house, bringing exhaust fumes and possibly asbestos dust to a place where he usually smokes fish.” Read the rest of the article here.
The final report from Governor Walker’s Infrastructure transition team was released and recommends AIDEA/AEA have better oversight and an independent audit to ensure that decisions on project funding are based on the good of Alaska rather than political decisions. View the full report here infrastructure_final
Now is the time to act. At the recent meetings in Fairbanks many people from the Koyukuk River and Kobuk River regions showed publicly that they do not want the Ambler Mining Road to be built.
Please write to Governor Walker and Lte. Governor Mallott. Ask them to direct AIDEA to not file for a right-of-way and stop work on the project.
Here are some tips and an example of what to write. How to Write Governor Walker