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Supreme Court Death Sentence on Alaskan Lake

October 12th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has given Lower Slate Lake in the Tongass National Forest of Alaska, a death sentence. The ruling overturns a 9th District Court decision that revoked the permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers that allowed Coeur Alaska’s Kensington gold mine to dump its mine tailings directly into the lake, killing all aquatic life in it. The Clean Water Act clearly states that you can’t dump mine waste into a water body, but the Corp of Engineers cleverly changed the name “waste” to “fill” and permitted the action, essentially killing the lake.

I find this decision appalling and in defiance of logic. Where is the justice in a decision like this. Are the 370 well paying jobs that this mining operation is creating worth the environmental destruction that it creates? I don’t think so.

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  1. bananachange
    October 12th, 2011 at 05:41 | #1

    very hard to find …
    very hard to find copyright free music… I hear ya!

  2. tonsofwash
    October 12th, 2011 at 05:41 | #2

    thanks banana, not …
    thanks banana, not my best effort and it took way too long to make. I wish I had more music selections. that is an issue. still learning…

  3. bananachange
    October 12th, 2011 at 05:41 | #3

    the poor fishies… …
    the poor fishies… You need some good sound *pops* on those stars. I supposed the jobs and gold is more imp. than the lake. Good video. I like the font and the soundtrack, and using the font over the sky.

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