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Check out NRDC's Stop Pebble Mine ad in the Washington Post

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

Posted February 5, 2013

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Today NRDC unveiled a new ad aimed at stopping the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The ad features NRDC trustee, environmental activist and actor Robert Redford, who calls on President Obama to protect Bristol Bay.

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Bristol Bay is home to tens of millions of salmon, who return every year to spawn and create another generation of wild salmon. Bears, wolves, seals, and whales thrive on the salmon...and so do people. Bristol Bay's wild salmon support a $480-million annual commercial fishery that employs 14,000 full and part-time workers. The salmon also sustain native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing and hunting for thousands of years.

All of this is threatened by the Pebble Mine – a colossal giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine would produce an estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste.  That’s 3,000 pounds for every man, woman and child on Earth.  Giant earthen dams, some taller than the Three Gorges Dam in China, would be constructed to hold back that waste forever -- in an active earthquake zone.  An immense pit two miles wide by 2,000 feet deep and an underground mine a mile deep would be gouged from the earth.

But there is time to stop Pebble Mine. The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay.  EPA recently conducted a scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed that found Pebble Mine would have "significant impacts" on fish populations and streams surrounding the mine site. And if a tailings dam failed, it would have "catastrophic" effects on the ecosystem and region. 

Now is the time to act.  Check out the ad and visit to send your message to the President.

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Dixie QuandtFeb 6 2013 02:20 PM

OK Mr Redford, stop using anything electronic in your daily life. Or else you are a hypocrite just like the rest of your hollywood types. You get paid to entertain, THAT'S IT! Stop using your soap box for things you don't understand except for the left's vision of how life should be using feelings as a guide, not reality.

Susan EdwardsFeb 7 2013 01:46 PM

@ Dixie Quandt - It is not about being against mining, it is about mining responsibly. here are the facts of the matter as regards to the Pebble Mine:

There has never been a mine that didn't pollute. Ever.

Copper is extremely toxic when it comes to salmon.

Bristol Bay is the worlds largest wild salmon run, producing almost half of the world's commercial salmon catch.

Without the salmon, Bristol Bay, the Alaskan Peninsula, would become barren and lifeless in short order - people, bears, fox, beaver, eagles, pretty much all fauna would leave or die off. Everything depends on the salmon.

The salmon fishery is sustainable as a resource indefinably. The Pebble Mine would have a life of 60 years.

Very little of the wealth created by the Pebble Mine would stay in the local area, or in Alaska, or even in the USA.

There are other, less environmentally sensitive areas where copper can be mined.

The risk/benefit equation says no to Pebble.

You will still get your toys without copper from Pebble.

Karen C.Feb 8 2013 01:11 PM

Susan, guess what's around the corner, within one to three years,
Then what will your excuse be???
The Alaskan Pipeline increased the caribou population.
Oh yeah, now it's the earthworm that's the problem.

Mark DonnerFeb 12 2013 10:12 PM

Quandt, I'm thinking it's you who has no right to speak. I am fully behind Robert Redford to use his reputation to defend our earth from evil. he represents good and protection of the earth, and the backers of this earth destroying atrocity represent pure psychopathic evil.

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