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Provisions within the Act Could Halt Pebble Mine in the Heart of Wild Alaska
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2014
Chris Wood, President and CEO, Trout Unlimited, (703) 284-9403
Tim Bristol, Director, TU's Alaska Program, (907) 321-3291   
Rob Masonis, Vice president for Western Conservation, TU, (206) 491-9016
Steve Moyer, Vice president for Government Affairs, TU (703) 284-9406

360 nationally renowned scientists back EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment; urge Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay
Scientists outline concerns in letter sent to EPA Administrator McCarthy

Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon by Ben Knight

TU Praises U.S. Sen. Begich for Opposing Pebble Mine

Senator’s Support Vital for Long-term Protection of Bristol Bay


January 15th, 2014

EPA Report: Pebble Mine will Damage $1.5 Billion Bristol Bay Fishery
in spectacular Alaska landscape

Trout Unlimited and Sportsmen Across U.S. Call for Immediate Action

Earlier this week, Anchorage t.v. station KTUU ran a lengthy feature piece on the battle over the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay.

The fallout from the Anglo American’s recent decision to leave the Pebble Mine continues to reverberate across Alaska and the lower 48. While the news was welcome to opponents of the mine, several opinion and news pieces touched on the fact that the threat from the Pebble Mine - and the fight to prevent it - still very much exists.
From the Seattle Times: “The mine is a bad idea, but a financial setback for the proposal does not mean the threat has gone away.”

by Tim Bristol, TU's Alaska Program Director and Bob Waldrop, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Director
ANCHORAGE, AK – Tim Bristol, Alaska Program Director for Trout Unlimited, and Bob Waldrop, Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, made the following statement after today’s House Natural Resources – Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee – hearing entitled: EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy.

As the American people show overwhelming support for Bristol Bay, one of the mining companies behind the Pebble Mine, decided to withdraw from the Pebble Limited Partnership. Citing a desire to focus on projects with the “highest value and lowest risks,” UK-based Anglo American announced on Monday that it would no longer join with Canadian company Northern Dynasty Minerals in pursuing building North America’s largest open pit mine at the headwaters of one of the world’s most productive fisheries.

73% of Americans who commented say no to Pebble mine.
Final Comment Numbers on the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Show Clear Support for Protecting Bristol Bay
Over 650,000 people support the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment; Demand protections for world-class fishery

CONTACT: Tim Bristol, Trout Unlimited's Alaska Program Director; 907-321-3291