TU Praises U.S. Sen. Begich for Opposing Pebble Mine
Senator’s Support Vital for Long-term Protection of Bristol Bay
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 21, 2014
ANCHORAGE—Tim Bristol, Director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program,
praised U.S. Sen. Mark Begich for opposing the Pebble Mine in Monday’s
Anchorage Daily News, in which Begich said: "I think it (Pebble Mine)
will harm the environment, harm the salmon, harm the jobs that are
connected to the fisheries industry out there."
Sen. Begich’ s comments come days after the EPA released its final
Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, which found that the proposed Pebble
Mine could destroy about 90 miles of salmon streams and up to 5,350
acres of the wetlands, ponds and streams that support one of the world’s
best locations for sportfishing, and the spawning and rearing waters
for Bristol Bay’s irreplaceable salmon and trout populations. His
comments also echo the concerns of most Alaskans, including 80 percent
of the residents of Bristol Bay whose lives would be changed drastically
by the mine’s development.
“Hunters and anglers, guides, lodge and sportfishing business owners
and others across Alaska and America are grateful for Sen. Begich’s
decision to follow the EPA’s clear science and oppose the Pebble Mine,”
Bristol said. “As he well understands, Pebble is the wrong mine in the
wrong place, and is a threat to Alaska’s sportfishing economy. I am
hopeful that Sen. Begich’s leadership in protecting this sportsman’s
paradise will inspire his colleagues to join him and the thousands of
fishermen and small business owners nationwide who have also called for
action to protect Bristol Bay.”
Chris Wood, the President and CEO of Trout Unlimited said Begich’s
leadership is vital to ensuring the long-term protection of Bristol Bay
and its fishery.
"He understands the value of the $1.5 billion wild fishery and the
thousands of jobs it creates every year,” Wood said. “Mining in Alaska,
and elsewhere, is important; but to allow a potential 20-year mine to
damage a fishery that could last forever is unconscionable."
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater
fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting
and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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