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Pebble Mine Update

September 17, 2013 8:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Folks – Very big news today regarding the campaign to protect Bristol Bay.  The major partner behind the proposed Pebble Mine has decided to exit the project.  See the news here:

 

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130916/anglo-american-withdraws-pebble-mine-project

 

This is likely in part a response to the massive outpouring of opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine and support for EPA taking action to protect the most productive wild salmon fishery on the planet.  The press release below discusses the overwhelming public comment numbers from this spring’s official comment period on the EPA’s revised draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.  Thank you for your help to get us to this point – but there still is work to be done.

 

We will need to capitalize on this development, and encourage our political leaders to follow the lead of the (soon to be former) major mining partner: Bristol Bay is not an appropriate location for mining.  The science backs this up.  The public supports it.  And now the major financial partner behind the proposed Pebble Mine is cutting its losses and abandoning the project.  Securing a Clean Water Act section 404c action is still required to protect Bristol Bay.

 

Please help us out in any of the following ways:

 

1)      Spread the press release below, discussing the overwhelming public support shown for EPA protecting Bristol Bay.  The release is available online at http://www.savebristolbay.org/blog/sportsmen-to-epa-stop-pebble

2)      Check out the posts on https://www.facebook.com/SaveBristolBay, the Save Bristol Bay Facebook group.  There will be infographics and posts all week, discussing the support shown nationally, in Alaska, and in Bristol Bay.  Please re-post throughout the week!

3)      Post the story (above) of Anglo American’s decision to exit the Pebble project, along with Tim Bristol’s (Trout Unlimited) statement below.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Be advised, however, that I will be traveling home from a work conference all day on Tuesday (tomorrow), so I will be unavailable by email until Wednesday.

 

Thanks again for all of your past and ongoing support.  Today is a good day, and we are getting closer to achieving our ultimate goal of seeing Bristol Bay protected for future generations!

 

Scott Hed

Director

Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska

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