FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday he has ordered an investigation of recent raids by federal and state officials at mines in the Fortymile River area, saying he will not tolerate a state agency's participation in the sort of conduct displayed.
Enforcement officers with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Land Management were armed and wore body armor, according to Parnell.
He said an investigator with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation joined the agents, who said they were looking for violations of the Clean Water Act. Parnell said no one was arrested and no one was cited.
"This level of intrusion and intimidation of Alaskans is absolutely unacceptable," he said in a statement Thursday.
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Early reports of this SWAT team raid on a small-scale mining camps pointed out that, 140 miles from Fairbanks (the nearest big city), these folks have more encounters with Federal officials than with other Alaskans.
That's just wrong.