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#09-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Chieftain seeks Chinese financing to open Tulsequah mine
by KTOO News Department
September 26, 2012 4:41 am
A China-based engineering company and its Canadian subsidiary will acquire 30 percent of the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia at the headwaters of the Taku River. Mine owner Chieftain Metals says is has a non-binding agreement with China CAMC Engineering Company – or CAMCE — and Procon Holdings of Alberta to build and.....

Majority of Bristol Bay residents oppose Pebble mine
By Ralph Andersen, Kimberly Williams and Jason Metrokin - 09/26/12
The Bristol Bay region is one of Alaska’s most varied and beautiful. Situated 150 miles southwest of Anchorage it is 40 million acres of incredible mountains, lakes, and islands. It is a breath-taking and resource rich environment and home to large game and the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. Bristol Bay is not the right place for the Pebble Project, potentially one of the world’s largest open pit copper and gold mines. No mine development of the magnitude proposed has ever been successfully built or operated in such a hydrologically unique and sensitive area. Dam failures and toxic releases would.....

Op-ed: Proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay threatens Seattle’s salmon industry
Originally published September 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM | Page modified September 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM
By Mark Liffmann and Michael Brian Orr
Special to The Times
AFTER a magnificent summer in Seattle, one cannot help but marvel at the incredible place we live. Sadly, our salmon catch, an integral part of our economy and culture, is under significant threat. Unless the Environmental Protection Agency takes action to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from a mega-mine proposed by foreign mining interests, our salmon jobs and businesses in Seattle could be lost. Salmon are as much a part of our Northwest culture as our towering forests or our world-class companies like Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon. We...

Canned, Roe Salmon Prices Strong; Effect of Farmed Fish on Wild Sales Still Unknown
As Alaska’s commercial salmon harvesting season draws to a close, markets are strong for salmon roe and canned product, while the jury is still out on how farmed fish competition will affect sales of wild salmon. Chum salmon roe are commanding the highest prices, but roe is also....

Stedman Named as Chair of The Energy Council
Council will focus on Arctic development issues, fossil energy trends and alternative energy development
September 26, 2012
(SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) has been named Chair of The Energy Council, which is a legislative organization consisting of members from 11 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, and the country of Venezuela.   The council’s mission is to provide a forum where leaders can exchange ideas, best....

Tsunami Marine Debris Cleanup Faces Financial Challenges
Most of the debris making landfall on the shores of North America from the devastating March 2011 tsunami that hit northern Japan is expected to hit the shores of Alaska, with heaviest concentrations from Yakutat to Fore point, in the Gulf of Alaska. But Southeast and other areas will also see a considerable amount, according to calculations of the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation in Juneau. MCAF, which has been conducting marine debris cleanups in Alaska since 2003, said its research shows that the majority of the debris is expected to land within four years of the....

Democrat senators want a stop to Arctic drilling
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic senators is calling for the Interior Department to halt future Alaska offshore drilling leases, saying the president hasn’t made the case that drilling in the environmentally sensitive region is safe. “Challenges with infrastructure and spill response are unprecedented in the Arctic’s remote, undeveloped region,” the senators wrote Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Senators signing the letter this week were Richard Durbin of Illinois, Barbara Boxer of California, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Jeff Merkley of...

Japanese consortium scouting Alaska LNG project
Amanda Coyne | Sep 26, 2012
As part of the decades-long quest for Alaska to get its vast reserves of North Slope natural gas to market through a pipeline, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is currently visiting Asia on the eve of an expected announcement involving Alaska's major oil and gas producers and a pipeline from the North Slope to anywhere. He’s doing so, he told The Associated Press on Friday “to work to grow demand for Alaska gas in Japan by opening....

FERC Turns Down Hydro Company Again
By Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg | September 26, 2012 - 11:24 am
U.S. officials have once more ruled against a private company that wants to develop a controversial hydro-electric plant near Petersburg. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week re-affirmed its decision not to give Cascade Creek LLC another exclusive permit for the site. Cascade Creek asked for a rehearing early this year after FERC denied the company’s bid for a third preliminary permit. The Bellingham-based company had already held two such permits in a row, giving it a total of six years with priority rights to draft and submit a license application for a hydro plant at the mountaintop lake. FERC this month turned-down the re-hearing request and repeated its earlier decision to end Cascade’s licensing process and deny the company a third preliminary permit. Commission spokesperson Celeste Miller says, “The commission did affirm staff’s finding that Cascade Creek did not pursue development of its license application in good faith and with due....

Climate Change Could Impact Bristol Bay's Sockeye Salmon Resource
Climate change is anticipated to impact the Bristol Bay region in the coming years. That includes the region's world famous sockeye salmon resource. Those potential impacts were the subject of a detailed presentation Wednesday morning that was distributed across the state via a webinar and teleconference. The presentation was sponsored by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. KDLG's Mike Mason listened in and filed this report. (7:36).....

Google data center in Oklahoma to get 48MW of wind power, boost renewable energy in the Sooner state
By Jon Fingas  posted Sep 27th 2012 1:33AM
Google has made a point of relying on renewable resources for its data centers whenever possible, even down to the cooling. It hasn't had quite as unique an arrangement as what it's planning for its data center in Oklahoma, though. The search firm wants to supply its Mayes County....

Viewpoints: Collaborative solutions will benefit 'Pacific Salmon States'
By Zeke Grader
Special to The Bee
Published: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 15A
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012 - 7:47 am
A term has emerged over the past decade describing our part of America. The "Pacific Salmon States" are a network of rivers, streams and creeks that stitch together a diverse, sprawling landscape of forested mountains, rich bottomlands and productive ocean resources. It...

Tiglax’s work
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Sep 26th, 2012
When the MV Tiglax comes into view of Chowiet Island, Erik Andersen and Joann Wang are already gathered on the rocky beach waiting. Their one-room cabin rests on a grassy slope behind them. After a rainy day, the sun peers out. Aboard the Tiglax, John Faris and other crew hook the Zodiak and its outboard to a crane arm and lower it into the water. From an opened exit in the aft deck, passengers aboard the ship climb into the Zodiak, eager for a chance to stretch their sea legs and spend a few hours hiking on the island. It’s a chance to visit colonies inhabited by the island’s rare birds. Andersen, a seasonal biologist with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and his wife, a technician, help lug the Zodiak to shore. The bird monitors.....