3.19.18 UPDATE

On Monday, March 12th, the CBJ Mining Ordinance Subcommittee unanimously approved the mining ordinance without any significant changes for recommendation to the Committee of the Whole. The approved draft (link) had been revised by city attorney Amy Mead, for clarity.  We are relieved by the subcommittee's decision to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the people of Juneau by keeping the socio-economic impact study in the ordinance and wish to thank the hard work and diligence of all subcommittee members.  
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UPDATE February 28



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A Social-Economic Study is Critical for Protecting Juneau

A social-economic study is critical for understanding and preparing for the impacts that a project would have on the local community (Juneau). This type of study is not included in the state or federal permitting processes and would be absent without the current ordinance.

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Feasibility Studies

The claim is that the mining company cannot calculate costs prior to knowing what conditions CBJ may place on the project. Balderdash!

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A lease Agreement Alone with not suffice

Proponents claim that changing from a conditional use permit like the ordinance to a negotiated lease agreement would address all necessary conditions. A lease negotiation, however, lacks involved public participation. Furthermore, any lease agreement becomes a static document and freezes CBJ’s ability to exercise local control over its lands in the face of changing circumstances or failed mitigation plans.

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The Wrong Question

The subcommittee commissioned a report by Jade North Report commissioned to determine to what extent the CBJ Ordinance overlaps or is duplicative to state and federal processes (one of the main claims for the need of the proposed changes). The full report has never been discussed and only cherry picked to push for changes.  SEACC also commissioned and submitted a report by the Center for Science and Public Participation. This report has never been discussed. The committee should stop focusing on understanding the changes and focus on the real question “should this ordinance be revised”.

A Flawed Process

The Ordnance Review Subcommittee has failed to adopt and follow any coherent process. Each meeting has outlined next steps but the subcommittee has continuously changed them at the next meeting. There seems to be no long-range process or logical procedure. The City Manager recommended a deliberative process built on public participation and widespread education on the topic.

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A Disingenuous Campaign

If everyone played by the rules, we would not need ordinances. Mining is an extremely risky venture and the mining industry, including these very proponents, has a poor track record. The mining proponents have been dishonest throughout this entire process so why should we trust that they have our best interests at heart?

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Conflicting Plans

The CBJ Comprehensive Plan provides guidance and policies when it comes to private land use and is designed to protect and enhance the livability of Juneau. It was adopted by ordinance on November 4th, 2014 and became part of the CBJ code

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