Contrary to popular belief, the proposed Pebble Mine is not dead. In fact, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) has spent years quietly hiring high-paid lawyers and lobbyists to lay the ground work in Washington, D.C. to overturn and undo the work of my community and thousands of Alaskans to protect Bristol Bay from this dangerous mine.
A new study on reclaimed drill sites at the Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska says it is evident that there may be long-term reclamation and maintenance issues at the exploration site of copper, gold and molybdenum prospect.
ANCHORAGE, AK – As Pebble Limited Partnership applied for new permits with the State early this month, an engineering consulting firm hired by Bristol Bay lodges, HMS Consulting, has estimated it could cost more than $2 million to clean up and reclaim Pebble’s storage facilities on State-owned land, assuming no weather or other unanticipated delays.
DILLINGHAM, AK – Today, an independent scientific report commissioned by the United Tribes of Bristol Bay revealed the company behind the proposed Pebble Mine has failed to properly close and reclaim past drill wells located at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. Scientists found acidic soils with high metal concentrations, leaking wells, dead vegetation, and improper drill casing closures at inspected drill sites; all causes of concern for safety and water quality in Bristol Bay.
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.
Last Sunday, January 24, Southcentral Alaska experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It toppled shelves, cracked roadways, and scared the daylights out of many groggy Alaskans waking up to their bedroom and houses swaying.