The world’s most valuable wild salmon run is threatened by a plan to dig North America’s largest open-pit gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed. Here’s the latest:
EPA to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, blocking major gold mine
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would restore protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, blocking the construction of a massive and controversial gold mine near the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. The policy shift, indicated in a court filing Thursday in response to a lawsuit filed by the mine’s opponents, deals a serious blow to a project that has been in the works for more than a decade and would have transformed southwest Alaska’s landscape. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/09/biden-bristol-bay-gold-mine/
Trump Administration Denies Permit for Pebble Mine
The Trump administration rejected a permit for the controversial Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska. The decision could be a fatal blow for the long-sought, roller-coaster effort to build the giant project near the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay.
The mine developers plan to appeal the decision back to federal regulators, but with the opposition of President-elect Joe Biden and many others, the project’s days may be limited. Pebble opponents, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are already discussing an idea to take the mineral deposit off the table from development forever…
BBFA Submits Comments to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding EIS for Pebble Mine
Beyond Pebble: Protect the Entire Watershed by David Harsila
Although most public discussion to date has focused on Pebble, EPA’s Assessment addresses all potential large scale mining in the Kvichak and Nushagak drainages, uses Pebble as an example, and identifies fifteen other deposits, too, where significant exploration has occurred as potential large mines in the drainages….
Humble Deposit: Concern on the Horizon
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received a Multi-Agency (State and Federal) application for Hard Rock Exploration in the Bristol Bay Mining District near the town of New Stuyahok.
Exploration Permit filed by Millrock Resources
Protect Alaska’s Wild Salmon
By New York Times
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Pebble Mine Opinion Article
By Fred Pike
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BBFA- Opposes the Proposed Pebble Mine
By David Harsila
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