HCR 4: Supporting the responsible development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine through the cooperative effort of Alaska and British Columbia and urging Governor Knowles to withdraw his request for a referral of the Tulsequah Chief Mine to the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty.
00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4 01 Supporting the responsible development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine through the 02 cooperative effort of Alaska and British Columbia and urging Governor Knowles 03 to withdraw his request for a referral of the Tulsequah Chief Mine to the 04 International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS the governments of Alaska and British Columbia both recognize the 07 importance of environmentally responsible development in meeting the needs of their 08 respective populations; and 09 WHEREAS the Tulsequah Chief Mine project has been subjected to over three years 10 of thorough environmental review including completion of the cooperative environmental 11 assessment review process of British Columbia and Canada; and 12 WHEREAS representatives of British Columbian and Canadian federal agencies, as 13 well as agencies from Alaska and the United States, have participated with the project 14 committee; and
01 WHEREAS, subsequent to the issuance of the Environmental Assessment Certificate 02 in March of 1998, these governmental agencies engaged in a series of cooperative meetings, 03 discussions, and exchanges of technical details regarding the project; and 04 WHEREAS these constructive and cooperative interactions have allowed officials to 05 review in detail how British Columbia and Canada will respond to the specific technical 06 concerns raised by officials of Alaska and the United States, and, in most cases, the planned 07 responses are along the lines proposed by these same officials; and 08 WHEREAS these exchanges have allowed the parties to explore and understand the 09 differences between their respective approaches to accountable environmental assessment and 10 have allowed the Canadian participants to demonstrate that the environmental standards 11 applied to the project are similar in measure to those applied to similar projects in Alaska; and 12 WHEREAS the government of British Columbia has provided clear assurances that 13 the mine will not be developed if it fails to meet these standards; and 14 WHEREAS the government of British Columbia has offered to have officials of 15 Alaska and the United States continue to be involved in the review of the project by 16 participating in specific permitting activities as further detailed permitting takes place; and 17 WHEREAS continued cooperative work within British Columbia's established 18 regulatory process will help ensure that the development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine takes 19 place in an environmentally responsible manner; and 20 WHEREAS the government of British Columbia has made assurances that the 21 development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine will result in no transboundary impacts; 22 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recommends continuing the 23 cooperative effort between the two governments toward the environmentally responsible 24 development of the Tulsequah Chief Mine; and be it 25 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully urges Governor 26 Knowles to withdraw the request for a referral of the Tulsequah Chief Mine project to the 27 International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty. 28 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Tony Knowles, Governor 29 of Alaska; to the Honorable Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government 30 of Canada; to the Honorable Dan Miller, Minister of Energy and Mines of the Government 31 of British Columbia; to the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, United States Secretary of State;
01 and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and 02 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 03 Congress.