FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Rotary Club of Fairbanks hosted a representative today from the Pebble Mine Corporation, to present arguments in support of the project.
One of the more controversial subjects recently in Alaska, has been the development of the 'Pebble Mine Copper and Gold project' inland from Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska.
The fear is that the project could negatively affect the Salmon environment in the area, and this in turn could impact harvesting for local native inhabitants.
Spokesman for the corporation, Mark Hamilton, stated that many assertions by those opposed to the project were unfounded, and that the mine was in the process of exploring all questions and suggestions for future development.
He said the public should take a 'wait and see' attitude until all of the legal and federal processes have concluded.
"I WOULD TELL PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN MOVED INAPPROPRIATELY BY EXTERNAL PROPAGANDA, TO JUST MOVE REST EASY WITH THIS THOUGHT," said Mark Hamilton.
"THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY, WITH TOTAL PUBLIC ACCESS, IS REVIEWING THIS, AND WILL PROBABLY REVIEW THIS FOR THREE YEARS.
BE COMFORTABLE THAT THAT VERY EXACTING PROCESS WILL EITHER DETERMINE THAT THE MINE IS ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE, OR THAT IT CAN'T BE ALLOWED."