April 7, 2023 | Image Source
The three plaintiffs in the case are the Orutsararmiut Native Council, Organized Village of Kwethluk and the Tuluksak Native Community. They are seeking to block development of a large goldmine in Southwest Alaska.
According to the Complaint: “Development of the Donlin project would harm the Kuskokwim River and its surrounding lands and waters. The Tribes, their citizens, relatives, and social relations have relied on these lands and waters since time immemorial, and continue to do so, for food, drinking water, culture, ceremony, passing on language and traditions, and other uses. Mine development would limit subsistence uses and imperil ecosystems and fisheries in the Kuskokwim River and its surrounding lands and waters, with impacts on people and communities throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. Mine development would introduce the risk of catastrophic tailings or chemical spills…”
The Tribes are strongly opposed to the mine plan which includes construction of a natural gas pipeline that they allege has not properly taken into account the potential negative environmental effects and health impacts of area residents.
Link To Complaint HERE
Link To Full Article HERE
Image: An aerial view of the Kuskokwim River in Alaska. The Donlin Gold mine project would dramatically change the Yukon Kuskokwim region. (Joseph/Umnak / CC BY-SA 2.0)