Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Alaska government leaders sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to address Canadian mining and the possible impacts on Alaska waterways.
The letter from Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and the three members of Alaska's congressional delegation, asks the U.S. State Department to discuss with the Canadian government concerns the mining might have on waters that flow into the state. They also requested those concerns be considered by a special international commission.
Alaska officials said they have been encouraged by how engaged the provincial government in British Columbia has been with the state so far. The do recommend a formal consultation process during environmental reviewed that would involve state, federal agencies and Indian tribes. They also requested the formation of a task force that would develop recommendations and direct funding for any river protection needed.
Rivers Without Borders has complained about pollution from one mine in British Columbia and the impacts on the Taku River.