The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently concluded that Pebble Mine would cause significant, potentially “catastrophic” consequences for the incomparable salmon and wildlife of the region.
If approved, Pebble would be the largest, most destructive open pit mine in North America. Over its lifetime, the mine could generate 23 billion tons of dangerous mining waste, wiping out over 90 miles of salmon streams and more than 5,000 acres of intertwined wetlands, ponds, and lakes.
We have a powerful opportunity to stop this mega-mine from devastating Alaska’s Bristol Bay – home to abundant wildlife and world-class salmon runs, including the Earth’s largest sockeye fishery.
The science is in, the danger is clear — and now the EPA can use its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the Pebble Mine and protect Bristol Bay.
Help us fight back to save Alaskan wilderness. Tell the Obama administration to stop the Pebble Mine.
The world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery is no place for a giant open-pit copper mine. Tens of millions of fish generate 14,000 jobs and pump $1.5 billion into the economy every year. They support not only the commercial and sport fishing industries, but a traditional Native way of life that has endured for millennia and thrives today.
In response to requests from the region’s tribal governments and others, EPA has completed a comprehensive scientific assessment, supported by two previous public drafts and subjected to extensive review and comment. Realistic scenarios require the permanent storage of more than 20 billion tons of dangerous mining waste from the largest open pit in North America (nearly seven square miles), wiping out over 90 miles of salmon streams and more than 5,000 acres of intertwined wetlands, ponds, and lakes.
Not surprisingly, EPA concludes that this mega-mine would cause significant, potentially “catastrophic” consequences for the incomparable salmon and wildlife of the region. No wonder 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents oppose the Pebble Mine.
The science is in, and the results are clear: the Pebble Mine would cause unacceptable adverse effects to the Bristol Bay area and its people. For the sake of present and future generations, please direct EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the Pebble Mine.