Salmon or gold: Alaska ballot initiative puts Pebble Mine to a statewide vote

Opponents of the Pebble Project believe Alaskans should get a chance to choose which resource the state prizes most from Bristol Bay — gold or wild salmon — and they’re one step closer to bringing the issue before voters.

A little more than a year after voters out in the remote Lake and Peninsula Borough of Southwest Alaska rejected the Pebble mine project by narrowly approving a ballot initiative to ban open-pit mining in the watershed of Bristol Bay — home to one of the world’s most profitable wild salmon fisheries — mine opponents have submitted another initiative aimed at blocking the megaproject. Read More