Petersburg Pilot -

Local response to transboundary mines ramps up


Submitted by Inside Passage Waterkeepers

Petersburg resident and boot drive organizer Chelsea Tremblay stands with a sign created as part of a campaign by Inside Passage Waterkeepers urging the governor to "Get extra tuff on BC mines" by enforcing the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and forming an International Joint Commission to review mines originating in Canada at the headwaters of several Southeast Alaskan rivers.

Vice Mayor Cindi Lagoudakis attended an invitation-only meeting in Juneau to discuss transboundary mines last week. The meeting was organized by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, tasked by Governor Bill Walker to lead a work group on the issue, ahead of a scheduled Juneau visit Aug. 22-24 by B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett.

In addition to mayors from Southeast municipalities, there were also industry, fishing and Native group representatives in attendance, as well as state representatives from agencies like the Department of Environmental Conservation and Fish and Game.

"The point of the...

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