Friday, June 1, 2012
Seattle Speaks out Against Pebble Mine
Yesterday a public hearing on the proposed Pebble Mine was held by the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle. The hearing drew a large and diverse crowd of people from throughout the region. From commercial fishermen and native Alaskans, to fisheries biologists and anglers, EPA administrators heard about the risks posed to Bristol Bay by the proposed Pebble Mine. Bristol Bay is home to one of the largest commercial sockeye fisheries in the world, provides subsistence for local communities and supports healthy, intact aquatic ecosystems. The proposed mine would be situated directly in the heart of Bristol Bay's salmon bearing watersheds posing an existential threat to the ecological and economic engine of the region, sockeye salmon.
The EPA recently issued a draft study on the potential impacts of mining in the Bristol Bay region which highlighted the habitat destruction that would result from the mines normal operations and the tremendous long term risks posed by infrastructure failures, and toxic chemical spills often associated with mining.
More information in an article from the Seattle Times
and from Trout Unlimited