By now, Alaskans have come to the unfortunate realization that the proposed Pebble Mine — a potentially massive gold and copper mine owned by a Vancouver company — is not dead. A new administration in Washington, D.C. that is taking a vastly different approach to resource management is giving fresh life to a proposal to build a mine in an ecologically sensitive and economically important area of the state.
AUGUST 25, 2017, 8:41 AM| Alaska has both a surging salmon fishing industry and gold mining industry. But a mining company's proposal to build what could be the biggest gold and copper mine in the world may be toxic to the salmon population. It's causing some to question what's worth more: the salmon or the gold? Bill Weir reports.
JUNEAU — Several groups critical of a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major Alaska salmon fishery have refused a meeting invitation from the project’s developers and instead are planning a protest rally next week.
Thank you very much for inviting me to testify today. My name is Pete Andrew Jr. and I live in Dillingham, Alaska. I am on the Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s (BBNC) Board of Directors, a commercial fisherman, and a life-long subsistence user from Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska.
Alaskans opposed to the Pebble Mine project will support Bristol Bay residents who rely on healthy runs of wild salmon by rallying outside a Monday Pebble Partnership gathering in Anchorage. Pebble is convening the private meeting to discuss how to build a mine with their hand-picked advisory panel.
Sportsmen and business owners throughout the Bristol Bay region and Alaskans remain steadfast in their opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine despite today’s announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to withdraw the July 2014 Clean Water Act Section 404(c) Proposed Determination that, if finalized, would have applied up-front restrictions mining activities that harm salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.