Despite over a decade of opposition, the agency reviewing the permit application for the massive proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska recently moved the mega-project one step closer to reality. Without our help, the project is currently on track to begin digging a massive hole at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
The process to review Pebble’s permit application leaves Alaskans and anglers worldwide filled with skepticism in the wake of recent environmental disasters associated with large-scale tailings pond failures and as the Agency findings of Pebble’s plan include permanent destruction of more than 80 miles of streams and 3,500 acres of wetlands. What’s more, the current permit application considers only Pebble’s phase one plan. Risks posed by the entire project have yet to be fully evaluated, though the mine is closer than ever to reality.
2019 is a critical time for us to once again say, “wrong mine, wrong place.” If this permit is issued and the mine advances, millions of acres of additional mining claims would be open to development across the region.
Please comment to your U.S. Senators on the inadequacy of Pebble’s phase-one permit. Tell them the Pebble mine has no place in Bristol Bay. Then send this link to your friends.
Find the latest on Pebble’s proposal, the status of the campaign and how you can help on the blogs of Trout Unlimited and our Alaska-based partner coalition, Save Bristol Bay.
Rainbow photo by Tim Romano.
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What’s at stake in Bristol Bay?
Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the WORLD
30 Alaska Native Tribes in the region depend on salmon to support their traditional subsistence ways of life
Recreation and tourism spending in Bristol Bay brings in $90 million annually to the state through taxes and licenses.
Combined Bristol Bay fishery is worth $1.5 billion and supports more than 14,000 jobs