When I think about the possibility of Pebble Mine destroying Bristol Bay’s salmon and trout rivers, it puts a pit in my stomach. Truly the response is visceral. If you’ve been to Bristol Bay, you likely know the feeling.
Today marks the third hearing the House Science Committee has held on the proposed Pebble Mine right in our backyard in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
The distance between Washington, D.C. and Alaska has never felt farther than when we hear these politicians in Washington, DC talking about the proposed Pebble Mine.
Matt Luck approached us at Save Bristol Bay early last year and pitched the idea of his new business, Pride of Bristol Bay. He described that his goal was to deliver sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon directly to consumers across the U.S. He also mentioned that he wanted to use a part of his proceeds to help in the fight against Pebble mine
Today, former Alaska Senate President Rick Halford testified in front of the Science, Space and Technology Committee concerning a report Pebble commissioned from the Cohen Group. There was a great deal of misinformation spoken during the hearing and we are glad to have someone there to speak the truth.
For President Obama his visit to Dillingham was another day on the job of leading the free world. It fit right into his job description of staying up to speed and making decisions on the most pressing issues, concerns and opportunities for American people. For those of us who fish salmon in Alaska and the residents of the Bristol Bay watershed, the President’s visit was nothing less than extraordinary!