- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A group of southeast Alaska tribal governments wants Gov. Bill Walker to stop work on an agreement with British Columbia while seeking help from the federal government in addressing concerns with Canadian mining development.

The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group is among those pushing for an international commission to review the planned developments and their potential impacts on Alaska’s downstream waters. Requests for commission involvement must come from the national governments. So far, the state and British Columbia have focused on trying to work together to protect the shared environment.

The request was included in comments on a proposed “statement of cooperation” between Alaska and the province that is meant to flesh out terms of an umbrella agreement earlier signed by Walker and British Columbia’s premier.

A spokeswoman says Lt. Gov. Bryon Mallott doesn’t oppose efforts of Alaskans to protect boundary waters and the administration is committed to working with all sides on a longterm solution.

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