Wild Border Watersheds

Call For Panel Review of KSM Mine Because of Clean Water and Wild Salmon Concerns

Canadian officials today announced the start of a new 30-day public comment period on the Canadian federal government’s environmental assessment of the controversial Kerr Sulphurets Mitchell (KSM) mine proposal.  In their assessment they write, “The Agency is satisfied that identified mitigation measures for the Project would address potential impacts in Alaska on fish; recreational and commercial fisheries and human health from changes to water quality and quantity in the Unuk River.” Meanwhile, First Nations and Alaskan tribal members, fishermen, business owners and community members on both sides of the border feel differently.

Canadian mine proposals that are especially controversial and pose great risks to the environment can be subject to an environmental review process known as a “Panel Review.” A Panel Review of KSM would provide the best opportunity during the mine permitting process to properly address concerns about the mine’s potential negative impacts to fish, water and other downstream resources. A link to the joint press release is here.