Uncovered lies, Unexpected Victories, & More Work to be Done to Protect Bristol Bay
It's been a wild journey trying to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine--and it's not over. Here's an outline of the latest developments.
On September 21, 2020, "the Washington DC-based non-profit the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released recordings of conversations between EIA investigators and executives of Pebble Limited Partnership and Northern Dynasty Minerals (Pebble), the companies behind the contested Pebble Mine project in Alaska. The recordings, which EIA has dubbed 'The Pebble Tapes,' reveal Pebble’s plans to build a large and long-lived mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay in western Alaska." Read the whole Press Release to learn just how “these tapes show that potential investors are given an entirely different vision for this massive mine than the government and the public. We think that is important information to release. The public, and especially the people of Alaska, should know about the scope of a project with permanent impacts on one of the most pristine ecosystems on Earth.”
By September 23rd, Tom Collier, the chief executive of Pebble Limited Partnership, whose comments were covertly videotaped and released by the environmental activist group, resigned.
AN UNEXPECTED TRIUMPH ::
On Nov. 25th the Trump Administration denied a key permit and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the plan to mitigate the project went against the Clean Water Act guidelines. The proposed project was deemed contrary to public interest. Read the full article by the Seattle Times.
IT AIN'T OVER ::
January 8th, 2021 Alaska Governor Dunleavy announced that the Alaska Department of Law would file an administrative appeal with the United States Army Corps of Engineers over the decision to deny the 404 permit for the proposed Pebble Project in Southwest Alaska. Read the full statement here.
HOW TO SECURE PROTECTION FOR BRISTOL BAY ::
Read the full article from Save Bristol Bay.org on how to move forward. The site states"our work isn’t done until we secure locally-supported permanent protections so mining projects like the proposed Pebble mine won’t threaten Bristol Bay’s world-class rivers and fisheries in the future."
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