Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision.
Constantine Metal Resources took over the claim near Haines in 2006.
Liz Cornejo, the company's vice president for community and external affairs, told the Juneau Empire she believes mines, eagles and fish can co-exist.
An Alaska Native tribe and conservation groups sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, alleging the agency neglected its duties in permitting expansions of mineral exploration in the area.
But a federal judge ruled the agency isn't required to review future effects of a mining project before approving exploration. That decision has been appealed.
Erin Whalen, with Earthjustice's Alaska office, says not enough research has been done on the potential impacts of mining in the region.
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