Target: Governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell
Goal: Stop a mining access road proposed to cut through Alaska’s prized wilderness
A 200-mile mining access road threatens the integrity, environment, and wildlife of Alaska’s Brooks Range. Part of the Alaskan governor’s project, Roads to Resources, the road to the Ambler Mining District has raised a strong opposition. The project will cost millions and damage the natural area. Action must be taken now to protect Alaska’s virgin wilderness.
Known as the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road, this project will allow access to a copper deposit in the northwest Artic. The development of the Ambler Mining District truly relies on this access road. Without the road, the mining industry in the area cannot and will not expand. The current proposal dissects through Gates of the Arctic National Preserve. The road will cross 160 rivers and require the construction of 14 bridges. Wildlife corridors, air quality, and stream health are all placed at risk by the proposed road. The development of a mine creates even more hazards through particulate air pollutants, potential mineral runoff, and irreversible land damage.
Opposition from communities in the area has remained strong. However, millions of dollars have already been invested in the road, which is estimated to cost 2,000,000 dollars a mile and many more millions to maintain. Many citizens are questioning whether the mining revenue is worth the road’s cost since Alaska only receives three percent of its revenue from mining. This project is currently seeking public comment and will eventually require an environmental assessment. By signing this petition, you are urging the Governor of Alaska to stop exploiting the land, spending state money, and damaging the environment for the sake of increasing mining companies’ profits.
Dear Governor Parnell,
The Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road will damage Alaska’s virgin wilderness by dissecting wildlife corridors, polluting the air, and supporting invasive mining practices. Many Alaskan residents question whether this multi-million dollar road access project is financially responsible, as less than three percent of the state’s revenue comes from mining.
Alaska is known for premier wilderness. The road will cross nearly 160 freshwater streams and rivers, risking humans’ and animals’ water supply. Exploitation of the land is not progress. Please take action now to deny the proposal for this access road to Ambler Mining District.
[Your Name Here]
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