A locally-organized community meeting at the Delta Community Center drew a good crowd on Thursday, July 13, 2023 to hear speakers talk about the Kinross Tetlin to Ft. Knox gold ore haul’s impact on Delta Junction and other communities along the route. Over 70 people listened as speakers discussed DOT’s Corridor Study, safety issues, bridge and road concerns, truck configuration, and costs to the State of Alaska for this project. Speakers included Mary Leith, Judy Ferguson and Bill Ward of Delta Junction. Barbara Schuhmann and Jenny Campbell represented Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways.
Afterwards, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one with the speakers and sign ASAH’s petition opposing the ore haul. The petition is meant to show Governor Dunleavy and the Interior Delegation that their constituents do not want this ore haul to move forward as planned. Alternatives exist that do not put the public in danger and destroy our roads and bridges. Kinross and the State must come together and find an acceptable solution before unnecessary death and destruction happens.
The Delta Wind ran an article detailing the meeting. ASAH would like to thank the Delta community for this opportunity to share our concerns and those who took the time to attend. The information was provided in hopes that people will have a better understanding of the impact this ore haul will have on the state and Delta Junction.
Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways will have a booth at the Salcha Fair on Saturday, July 15 and also at the Deltana Fair on July 21-23. We will have our petition available for signature. If you want to sign now, print the petition, sign it (and get several friends and family to join you) and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make arrangements to get the sheets back.