Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Commodities Online: Gold/Copper competes for critical salmon habitat

ANCHORAGE(Commodity Online): Alaska is all set to banGold and Copper mining near Bristol Bay, to protect the habitat of salmon fish.

Alaska is home to the mystery salmons who commits suicide at the end of their life journey and is therefore precious along with seals, caribou, moose, grizzly bears and migratory birds.

Alaskans will vote next week to decide on the issue that has turned a normally sleepy local election into a national environmental debate.

In a high-stakes battle that pits gold and copper against fish, members of Congress are scrapping over a plan to build one of the world's largest open-pit mines in southwest Alaska.

While supporters are excited about the mine's potential to create thousands of jobs, environmental groups and other critics worry that the project would have a devastating impact on wildlife, including seals, caribou, moose, grizzly bears and migratory birds. The bay supplies nearly half of the world's annual sockeye-salmon harvest.

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