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Chieftain plans Taku River barge (Juneau Empire)

Chieftain Metals, owner of the Tulsequah Chief mine, has returned to plans to use barges on the Taku River, spurring concern from some in Juneau.

In its most recent plan to open the mine, the company had said it would build an 80-mile road from Atlin to the mine, instead of using barges for transport.

“This flip-flop from road to barge is very surprising. None of the barging efforts by Chieftain in 2011 and (by) previous mine owner Redfern, in 2007 and 2008, worked as planned and Chieftain’s own access report concluded in 2011 that none of the barging options were practical,” Chris Zimmer, Alaska Campaign Director of Rivers Without Borders, said in a press release. “The threat of salmon habitat damage from groundings and accidents, as well as spills of diesel fuel, cyanide and other chemicals, will certainly raise concerns in Juneau.”

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