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Pebble Mine: Check out our ad in the London Financial Times

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

Posted April 18, 2013

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NRDC Western Director Joel Reynolds joined a coalition of Alaska Native leaders in London this week to meet with the new CEO of Rio Tinto, speak at the Rio Tinto and Anglo American annual shareholder meetings, and deliver over 200,000 petitions from NRDC members and activists urging Rio Tinto and Anglo American to abandon plans for their destructive Pebble Mine.  We also ran this ad in the London Financial Times:

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Bristol Bay is home to tens of millions of salmon, which 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.

But Pebble Mine is not a foregone conclusion.  The new CEOs of both Rio Tinto and Anglo American – two of the mining companies behind the Pebble Mine – have pledged to cut billions in expenditures and prioritize projects with the lowest risk.

Pebble Mine is a project that faces major regulatory, legal, and operational risks – as well as growing worldwide opposition.  It is a huge risk that Anglo American and Rio Tinto can no longer afford to take. If the new CEOs are really looking to cut expenses, Pebble Mine is the perfect project to drop. 

Click here to urge the new CEOs to chart a more responsible path forward by withdrawing plans for the Pebble Mine.

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John BothellApr 19 2013 11:00 PM

I don't know how you got to the conclusion to start a mine in the Bristol bay region in the first place... Just plain greed to put money over over one of the last natural resources of a true ecosystem... Drop the pebble mine

Paulette WilliamsApr 23 2013 06:05 PM

Will you be remembered as someone who decided not to duplicate the tragedy of the Native American or will you leave your children a legacy of greed above all else? You have a choice. Choose wisely.

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