Alaska Superior Court overturns Save Our Salmon initiative
ANCHORAGE – A judge handed a victory to Pebble Project supporters when he overturned a 2011 community initiative Wednesday.
The Save Our Salmon initiative, passed by voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, banned any large-scale mine that would harm salmon habitat in the region.
But earlier this week, Alaska Superior Court Judge John Suddock overturned that initiative, saying it conflicts with the state’s authority.
“The court finds that state law impliedly prohibits the SOS initiative, and accordingly enjoins its enforcement,” said Suddock’s ruling.
The Pebble Partnership applauded the ruling in a written statement Thursday.
“The decision holds up the sanctity of the state of Alaska’s robust permitting process, one that has strict environmental standards for fish, water, and wildlife,” it wrote.