The Alaska Senate majority recently conducted a poll to gauge Alaskans’ opinions on a wide-ranging set of issues. One question was whether Alaskans supported or opposed the proposed Pebble mine. Though the question assumed that “all environmental safeguards are met” for the mine, 61 percent of the 7,407 Alaska respondents still opposed its development.
Norm Van Vactor is a longtime Bristol Bay fisherman and current CEO of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. Ralph Andersen is the former co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives and president and chief executive officer of the Bristol Bay Native Association. Jason Metrokin is president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp.