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Pebble Mine: Taking the Battle Abroad

Joel Reynolds

Posted April 15, 2013 in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today I join a delegation headed to London to deliver a message to the new CEOs of Anglo American and Rio Tinto and the companies’ shareholders.  Our message is simple: avert environmental and economic disaster by abandoning plans for the Pebble Mine.

Pebble Mine – a gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska – would generate an estimated ten billion tons of waste and threaten the world's greatest wild salmon runs, which are the lynchpin of a spectacular ecosystem and the generator of 14,000 jobs and $480 million in annual revenue.

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That’s why Pebble Mine faces overwhelming local opposition:

In support of this relentless local opposition, I will deliver over 200,000 petitions of protest from NRDC members and activists at the Anglo American and Rio Tinto annual shareholder meetings later this week in London.  This is in addition to the over 1 million petitions of protest generated to date against Pebble Mine – over 400,000 delivered to the companies at their annual shareholder meetings last year in London.

Pebble Mine is a project that faces major regulatory, legal, and operational risks -- as well as growing worldwide opposition.  Over the long-term, it is an environmental, financial and public relations disaster in the making.

NRDC is committed to do all that it can, for as long as it takes, to ensure that the communities of Bristol Bay are heard and the Pebble Mine is stopped, and we join in taking their message to London this week.

And the message is clear: It’s time to stop the Pebble Mine.  Make your voice heard.

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Comments

Ken CaldwellApr 16 2013 12:17 PM

I think there is a lot of noise about environmental problems that would exist in a acidic rock environment but this is not the case in Bristol Bay. As with Windy Craggy in British Columbia the rocks surrounding the deposit and all the water flowing into the ocean are basic. This means that any acid run off from the mine is neutralized. With a bit of thought into the potential problems there would not be any. Some places in the world would be a problem for a mine of this scale but not on the west coast of north America.
It cost the people of British Columbia a lot of tax dollars and loss of high paying jobs to make Windy Craggy into a so called world park. It is very difficult and costly to even see it. I would hate to see the people of Alaska go through the same costs for what is just noise by people that are against mine development anywhere or don't know enough about chemistry.

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