Protect the Chilkat River from Mining
The Chilkat River is home to magnificent runs of king, sockeye, coho, pink and chum salmon. These salmon runs support the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world every fall in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The culture, economy and food supply of the 2,500 people of the Chilkat Valley depend on the river’s bounty.
Unfortunately, state and federal agencies have been unwilling to protect this special place from a new copper-zinc mine called the Palmer Project. This project is being proposed by the giant Japanese mining and minerals investment firm DOWA Holdings Company (principle investor and 49 percent partner) and Constantine Minerals Resources, the Canadian exploration company that has been mapping the deposit for the past ten years. Based on experiences at other similar mines, this project will likely contaminate the river and prove fatal for salmon.
These companies have not reached out to residents of the Chilkat Valley to hear about and address their concerns about the project. Every reference to public opinion on the corporate websites implies that the people of Haines and Klukwan enthusiastically anticipate the opening of the mine - this is far from the truth.
Please take action today and tell DOWA’s Board of Directors that the Chilkat River Basin is the wrong place for a copper-zinc mine.