Recent Pebble Copper/Gold Project Referendum Shows Alaska Still Pro-Mining

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Sean Magee, Pebble Partnership Public Affairs Director, asserted that the vote shows "that Alaskans support mining as a part of their culture and the economy."

Pebble Partnership Public Affairs Director Sean Magee said Monday that a vote by Alaskans overwhelmingly opposed to a clean-water initiative aimed at the massive copper-gold project demonstrated that Alaska still remain "a pro-mining state."

In a presentation to the Denver Gold Forum, Magee said the project now enjoys "the highest support levels we have seen in the past six months."

Alaska's Ballot Measure 4, the Clean Water Initiative, went down in flames on August 26 as 57.14% of the state's voters rejected the measure compared to 42.86% who voted in favor. Opponents said Alaska miners feared the possible ramifications of the initiative on existing and future hardrock mines in the state.

Magee asserted that the vote shows "that Alaskans support mining as a part of their culture and the economy." He noted that Pebble has now passed a series of political tests from those opposed to the copper-gold project.

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