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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Yukon residents protest ANWR drilling

Some 250 protesters showed up on the steps of the Yukon provincial capital today to let their government know they don't want more drilling in the arctic or harm to caribou.

The protest was intended to coincide with a visit by Alaskan state officials with province leaders. That meeting, in part, was to discuss joint interests, including the proposed Alaska Highway gas pipeline and a proposed railway.

Alaska Sen. Fred Dyson, on hand for the talks, had threatening words about the demonstration. He told the CBC that "the disagreement on ANWR" will be used to "keep Yukon from getting the benefit of a multi-billion-dollar project going through the Yukon."