Business groups join to fight coastal zone ballot measure

Associated PressJune 6, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- Three resource development groups have formed an association to fight the coastal zone management ballot initiative before voters Aug. 28.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Alaska Miners Association and Resource Development Council for Alaska on Monday filed paperwork to form a new group, No on Ballot Measure 2.

Miners association director Deantha Crockett says the initiative would wreak havoc on the mining industry. She says it would allow appointed officials to wield influence over certain state permits and that they could kill major developments.

The initiative would create the Alaska Coastal Policy Board. The board would comment on activities on federal lands and waters in the state.

Alaska is the only coastal state doesn't participate in the federal program.

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