Pebble Mine is a massive, open-pit gold and copper mine being planned for the headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay. It would threaten the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world and hurt wildlife like grizzly bears, moose.
Bristol Bay continues to produce the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and is one of the most prolific king salmon runs left on the planet. 7500 Native Alaskans who live in the Bristol Bay region rely on strong salmon runs for their subsistence way of life that have sustained them for generations. The Bristol Bay fishery supports over 14,000 jobs and is valued at $1.5 billion annually. Bristol Bay's rivers attract anglers from all over the world who seek the “once in a lifetime” Alaska fishing experience. The proposed Pebble Mine threatens all of this.
The Pebble deposit is a massive storehouse of gold, copper and molybdenum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay. If built, Pebble would be one of the largest mines in the world. Because of its size, geochemistry and location, Pebble runs a high risk of polluting Bristol Bay.
Pebble officially filed for their key, phase-one permit application in December 2017. In response, the federal government has laid out an unprecedented, fast tracked 2-year permit review process. Following the release of an incomplete and rushed Draft Environmental Impact Statement in late February, the American public has an opportunity now to tell the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the permitting process for this disastrous project. Far from “just another comment period,” this is potentially the last opportunity to stop Pebble’s most important permit, which, if issued, would open Bristol Bay to becoming essentially an industrial mining district in the next five years.
Take a moment now to tell the Corps to stop Pebble Mine by clicking in the link below