Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they will give the public more time to comment on Pebble's permit application after initially only giving 30-days, which would have been less time for public comment than any other on-going project overseen by the Corps of Engineers in Alaska, despite being the largest and most controversial proposal in the state.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of hearings on Pebble's phase one mine plan. Public participation is critical to continue to show opposition to Pebble Mine and communicate to the Corps of Engineers our concerns about Pebble's Mining proposal.
Trout Unlimited's Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch, "For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.
Martin Kviteng is a business owner who sent us the mock up of his new cessna, and we couldn't resist the opportunity to feature one of our many awesome business partners. Thanks, Martin!
We're anticipating another busy spring in the effort to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine proposal. The company filed their mining permits last spring and their application makes two things abundantly clear:
There is a LOT happening on the Pebble Mine front right now. We know your time is important, so we’ll cut right to it:
ALASKANS: If you don't have time to read, and just want to take action against Pebble, please click here to tell the Governor to stand with Bristol Bay, and demand that Pebble be held to the highest level of scrutiny.
Here is a list of what’s currently happening:
- Pebble filed their federal mining permit applications at the end of December after promising to do so for over a decade. This started the permitting process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who accepted Pebble’s application in early January. When there is another meaningful opportunity to weigh in, we will immediately let you know.
- Pebble applied for an additional non-mining, exploration permit with the state of Alaska. This is known as their Miscellaneous Land Use Permits (or MLUP). This is an important litmus test for the Governor to show us where he stands when it comes to Pebble, so it’s also important that Alaskans weigh in at this link. Thank you in advance!
- The U.S. EPA announced that it will NOT throw out the strong proposed protections, known as the 2014 Clean Water Act Proposed Determination, for the Bristol Bay region. The agency threatened to erase the proposal after a lawsuit settlement earlier in 2017, but then over a MILLION of you commented to the Agency in opposition to Pebble Mine, and they listened. This doesn’t mean the protections will take effect, but it does mean they remain on the table to potentially be applied later. Thank you for your comments to make this happen!
- The company continues trying to entice investors to secure funds needed for their phase one plan, and eventual plans to expand in Bristol Bay - literally paving the way for an industrial mining district in the salmon-rich region of Alaska. This thought makes us shudder and we’ll need you to continue to stand up to ensure this does not happen.
As the Pebble Partnership begins their quest for permits to mine, opposition to their project surges and we have another chance to demonstrate this opposition to our Governor.
ALASKANS: Please tell the Governor, with respect to Pebble’s new exploration permit application, that he should hold Pebble accountable and not allow them to expand their exploration in Bristol Bay.
As Pebble navigates the permitting process there will be numerous public comment periods that we will bring to your attention. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of clean water and healthy fish habitat in Bristol Bay.