ANCHORAGE: Representative Young’s position on the proposed Pebble Mine has been unclear at times, without a definitive yes or no answer on where he stands. After the Tuesday debate we now have clarity. Don is Yes on Pebble.
Young has said that the issues surrounding the Pebble Mine are not his primary concern stating that, “My concern for this process is much bigger than the Pebble Mine, in my eyes this isn’t even about the Pebble Mine.” Then Young aggressively pushed support of The Regulatory Certainty Act of 2014, which would grease the wheels for Pebble by removing 404 (c) powers under the Clean Water Act.
Young’s NO vote on Ballot Measure 4 is surprising given his rhetorical support for local control. If the EPA were to be gone, as Young wishes, the State would be the only barrier between the Bristol Bay Fishery and Pebble. Don will vote NO Tuesday to prevent Alaskan voices on the mine from being heard and hold state legislators accountable for its development.
On Pebble, Don is anti-Fed, anti-State, and anti-local voices– all that is left is Pro-Pebble.
On the other hand, Dunbar has been vocal in his opposition to Pebble. The Dunbar campaign has been public and firm about its stance on the proposed mine. At the Fairbanks debate, Dunbar was a “Yes” on Ballot Measure Four. Furthermore, Dunbar has published an op-ed on his stance in the Bristol Bay Times. In that piece, Dunbar states, “Don has said he doesn’t know if Pebble Mine should be built or not. I know where I stand: for the fish and against Pebble.”