Lawmakers request continuation of Transboundary Working Group

22 members of Alaska Legislature ask Governor Dunleavy to keep Alaska’s seat at the table

JUNEAU – Twenty-two members of the Alaska Legislature sent a letter to Governor Mike Dunleavy and Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer, asking them to continue the Transboundary Working Group.

The group was established under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by former Governor Bill Walker and former British Columbia Premier Christy Clark in 2015. The goal is to transparently share information and best practices, collaborate on data gathering and research, and to discuss draft permits and authorizations.

With at least 12 large-scale, open-pit, and underground metal mines that are abandoned, permitted, or operating on the British Columbia side of these transboundary rivers, it is important that Alaska engages in conversations about mine permitting, financial assurances, and potential cumulative effects of mining projects.

“It is critically important that we work with Canada to protect and encourage industry, particularly our maritime and aquaculture industries,” said Representative Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan. “Without the involvement of our governor and lieutenant governor, the State of Alaska doesn’t have a seat at the table during these discussions.”
ATTACHMENT:Letter from members of the Legislature to Governor Dunleavy

Caroline Hamp
Office of Representative Dan Ortiz
(907) 247-4672

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