The Pebble Mine project–which would create the world’s largest open-pit mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed–is a disaster waiting to happen. At risk is the last great wild-salmon run on the planet, as well as an ecosystem that supports everything from brown bears, to bald eagles, to rainbow trout, to hundreds of other species. It’s also an ecosystem that supports thriving sport-fishing and commercial-fishing industries, as well as a way of life that indigenous people have treasured for millenia.
In late February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Pebble Mine project. A tool for decision-making, the DEIS describes the environmental effects of Pebble’s current proposal, lists alternative actions that may be chosen, but does not consider impacts of mining the full Pebble deposit.
On March 1, a 90-day public-comment period opened, giving every American an opportunity to make his or her voice heard on the DEIS and the Pebble Mine project, in general. The comment period was extended in May and now ends on June 29.
Take a few moments today to help protect an incredible resource, a way of life for thousands of Alaskans, and a dream destination for sportsmen and -women from around the world. The folks at Save Bristol Bay have made it incredibly easy for you to submit your comment. The link below takes you to an easy-to-use form for submitting your opinion.