12/9/2014: Tough guestions from a Fairbanks Daily News The FBX Daily News Miner Ed Board editorial about Su-Wa.
A new analysis claims that the economics of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectic Project are unfeasible. The report was commissioned by Trout Unlimited, a group opposing the project, and it was carried out by economist Gregg Erickson. - See more at: http://ktna.org/2014/12/08/report-challenges-susitna-watana-economics/#s...
There are two great press hits this morning. Quoting from the first one:
In one classroom at UAA, the fiscal policy committee recommended temporary suspension of several mega-projects and a state corporation so they could be closely reviewed by the governor to determine if they should go forward in the new and challenging fiscal environment, said Brian Rogers, the head of that committee and chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Those projects were listed on a large tear sheet at the front of the room as the Knik Arm Bridge, the Juneau Access Road, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline, the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, the Ambler Access Road, and the Alaska Aerospace Corp.
A tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., last summer released 10 billion litres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden sand, contaminating lakes, creeks and rivers in the region. Alaskan conservation and aboriginal groups cite the accident as an example of the dangers posed by mining in northern B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Folks following both the Donlin gold mine issue and the road to Ambler issue may be interested in this study about the far-reaching impacts of mining on fish habitat:
Thank you for participating in today’s virtual Stakeholder Outreach Forum on the proposed program for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. We truly welcomed the opportunity to engage with you, found your thoughts and comments extremely valuable, and look forward to continuing the discussion virtually and in-person as opportunities arise.
Please find attached a PDF document containing the slides used by Senior Arctic Official Julie Gourley during her presentation.