It is difficult to imagine a worse pick than Jason Brune for DEC commissioner. He has spent the last two decades advocating for virtually every mining project in Alaska. He was literally the spokesman for the Pebble Mine.
- Jason Brune has spent the bulk of his career working for mining companies or their advocacy groups.
- 11 years as executive director of the Resources Development Council, a mining group.
- 3 years as spokesman for the Pebble Mine
- Board member of Alaska Miners Association
- Ran a mining industry PAC to spend corporate money in Alaska elections
- He was not honest in the Senate Resources Committee. He said he has not made his mind up yet on Pebble. He has. He has repeatedly said he favors the mine.
- He has been extremely pro-Pebble on social media.
- He is simply not neutral. He cannot be a fair decision-maker on Pebble.
- Because he has spent his entire career in industry, he will probably do that again when he leaves. He shouldn’t be auditioning for his next mining job while he is issuing mining permits.
At Inletkeeper, we often talk about the “myth of rigorous permitting.” And the state has provided us with a perfect example of what we mean with their water quality certification of the proposed Donlin Mine. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) mission is “conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska’s natural resources and environment to enhance […]
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