The fight to save the treasure that is Bristol Bay has been long and hard, but it appears as if the end is in sight! In an EPA Executive Summary a proposal is made to guard against large scale mining efforts such as Pebble Mine, deeming them to present “unacceptable adverse impacts” to the region.
In a recent press release, Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited said,
For 10 years, the proposed Pebble Mine has cast a cloud of uncertainty on Bristol Bay. Today’s announcement provides hope that we are nearing the finish line to protecting the world’s most prolific salmon fishery. Two of Bristol Bay’s rivers would be most affected by the proposed Pebble Mine. One provides nearly half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon, and is the best rainbow trout fishery in the world. The other is consistently among the top three producers in king salmon. It would be difficult to conceive a worst place to put an open-pit mine with 700-foot-tall earthen dams holding back its toxic tailings than in the seismically active Bristol Bay region.
You are invited to add your voice to those of conservationists, outdoorsmen and women, and all those concerned with the health and well-being of one of the most beautiful and pristine landscapes in the world during the Public Comment period which ends on September 19, 2014. With a sufficient show of support during the public hearing phase, the EPA Region 10 will make a recommended determination to the Washington EPA, who will then issue a final determination. This would be the final nail in the Pebble Mine coffin!
And just in case you’ve lost sight of what we’ve been fighting for: