Today is the LAST DAY to Make Your Voice Heard in the Fight Against Pebble Mine

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. 

Click here to make your voice heard.

The incredible sockeye-salmon runs of Bristol Bay cannot be replaced.

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 TODAY, July 1.

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.

65 thoughts on “Today is the LAST DAY to Make Your Voice Heard in the Fight Against Pebble Mine”

  1. It is rather sad to see the comment section empty on this post. Natural resources are the essence of our sports and every fisherman should do their share of work to protect them.

    So… I just want to express my gratitude to Orvis and its effort towards conservation. With education, American craftsmanship and outstanding customer service, it really weighs in the balance when it comes to choosing equipment.

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        1. It is happening because of politics – the first appointed EPA administrator had numerous suits filed against the EPA and was appointed for that reason. He was such a bad administrator so he got fired. The second appointed EPA administrator was a coal industry lobbist and here we are.

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  2. It is so unreal that this king of project could still exist, now that everybody is aware about ecology and environmental crisis, how many species do we have to eradicate to be satisfied since we eliminate 1/3 of worldwide species in a just 25 years, when the government will wake up and understand that it’s not time to make few people rich, it’s time to save the riches we already have with all this beautiful nature, we all have to fight and all together we’ll make it.

  3. I work in the offshore oil / gas industry and love to fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors; I am not an environmentalist who wants to shut down all industry, but I am a conservationist. I cannot fathom how anyone doing an environmental impact study could even consider giving a green light to this project. One incident could wipe out that entire fishery. The people of Alaska need to really stand up to shut this down.

  4. It is incredible that this project is even being considered, in view of the massive worldwide species extinctions on going. We have to say enough is enough. The world has enough to live on now. We cannot continue to destroy it for the sake of money making for the rich. Stop this project now please.

  5. Why is everything about money, can’t we keep some things natural. We are not the only ones who eat salmon. I am sure the bears will miss this food source, remember it is a chain reaction if one food source is gone ,it messes with the natural order of things. I am against the Pebble Mine.

  6. Please add my name in support of conserving this essential pristine environment. I believe that sources of energy remain important; however, not at the cost of destroying the Bristol Bay salmon runs, which remain irreplaceable.
    Let’s do our part to stop the pollution, while we still can and conserve the legacy of previous generations into ensuring the continued sustainability of generations to come

  7. I sent a very long comment on the Pebble Mine in April, have posted on multiple chat sites information so people can comment and today reminded others to send their comments in. This mine can not be allowed to be built. Just the building of the mine will greatly impact the area and the operation of the mine could affect the environment for hundreds or thousands of years.

  8. Acts such as this can never be undone. Our children and grandchildren will never forgive us if we continue the rampage to ruin this beautiful earth.

  9. I have fished in the region of the pebble. It is obscene to develop this mine in this magnificent fishery.
    By the way,Sarah palin approved the mine pripoaal

  10. I “replied” in various places, but have no hope that any of it will arrive with who ever you are. I can’t and couldn’t figure out where or when to write, and everytime I tried to find an actual form, I got a whole new set of screens about the subject, but no
    Type and Send message that I can even hope went to anyone who matters.
    Can you do some work on a clear way to intervene in this serious problem – future tragedy.

    Thank you, wherever this message goes.

    Susan Norris+

  11. I am against spoiling this wonderful refuge and environmental treasure. Please vote to not develop this mine!

  12. It is time we stop destroying what natural habitat we have left. If left unchallenged there will be more & more projects BIG business will want to explore.
    Say NO to the Pebble Mine project.

  13. little by little the planet is choking to death….profit over people, greed…STOP THIS MADNESS….save what we can, while we can….there is no turning back…once clean water is polluted…it destroys everything and everyone…….what are we leaving the next generations????

  14. This proposal is unbelievable. To mine that area is obscene, akin to a rape of our wilderness, native fisheries, and fragile environment. The harm done to make a few richer now will make all of us, our children and grandchildren poorer forever .
    Please do not do this!

  15. Destroy a species, which, for thousands of years, has given so much to mankind? Is this the message we want our future generations to hear and rely on for supporting and continuing relentless extinctions? The answer must be “NO!”
    How can we swap the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed for an open-pit mining project, destroying the last great wild-salmon run on earth and an unparalleled ecosystem that supports hundreds of other species, including man? Even unbiased economic models can’t support such a trade-off.
    Let’s be adults and face the hard realities of our planet: either take the short-term approach and destroy ourselves by providing solely for our “needs” or look at the possibilities of a long-term coexistence through cultivating and protecting the gifts that we still have.
    Let’s stop the ignominious effort to elevate the Pebble Mining operation above the existence of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.
    Let’s get it right.

  16. I am totally opposed to the Pebble Mine Project. It is appalling that such a project could even be considered. It would devastate the area. It would impoverish the local Alaskans whose livelihood is tied to the area.

  17. Anyone who believes that the Army Corps of Engineers is competent to render a judgment on
    Pebble Mine is delusional. These are the same clowns that have taken at least 7 years ( since the Stop
    Invasive Species Act was signed into law in 2012) to merely write a PLAN to prevent Asian carp from
    entering the Great Lakes, which would also be disastrous. The opinions of the Corps cannot, must not, be given any credibility.

  18. Why would anyone want to destroy a natural wonder like this. I am against spoiling this wonderful refuge and environmental treasure. Please vote to not develop this mine!

    1. Salmon has already collapsed you idiots! You fools haven’t said a thing about Fukushima dumping 700 metric tons of radiated water into the Pacific ocean, EVERY SINGLE DAY, SINCE 3-11-2011.
      SHUT YOUR SUCKHOLES!

  19. The risk to great.In industrial process such as this anything can happen.Please act soon on consideration of rethinking this massive project.This pristine area should always be hands-off.For the sake preserving this area for future generations is not only logical but the right thing to do.Do not mishandle one of the last the opportunities for our country needs more of these rare areas to continue to flourish.

  20. Living in Montana we are still wittnessing the “clean up” of the Berkley Pit in Butte – another travesty that was allowed. As other have mentioned… once it’s gone it’s gone. Money’s lined the pockets and they’ve left the land raped and devoid of a natural state. Too precious to allow this to continue.

  21. We need to stop this Peeble mine project to prevent the beautifull resources (fish & wildlife)
    found in the area from being compromised.

  22. Please stop harming our earth! Stop the Pebble mine project!
    Don’t let this pristine area become just a memory.

  23. Humans have destroyed so much of our precious earth .
    STOP THE PEBBLE MINE PROJECT FROM
    GOING THROUGH….
    In this day & age how can this still be considered. ???????????
    WAKE UP PEOPLE

  24. Given China’s attempts to monopolize copper and rare earth deposits worldwide, their is enormous geopolitical and economic pressure to open the Pebble mine. There is also a serious argument for property rights to consider. As a conservative, I am not opposed to exploiting the ore deposit for the above stated reasons. However, an open pit mine in such an environmentally sensitive and seismically active area, which will endanger a 1.5 billion dollar fishery and the local economy, is foolhardy. The owners of the mineral rights should be able to profit from them, but they also have a responsibility to do so in a way that does not endanger the lives and potentially violate the rights of others.

  25. Please stop the pebble mine project! We are destroying our planet and it needs to stop now before it is too late. Our children, grandchildren and future generations need us to step up now. Thank you.

  26. Stop the pebble mine! I am from Mississippi, & have seen only a few salmon runs in Idaho on Forest Fire Details. It is a wonderful thing to see. Read the Face Book News & see how the Corps of Engineers is destroying the oyster industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Please think about what you are doing. No pebble mining in Alaska!!

  27. The Army Corps of Engineers has no moral conscious. They have become the pawns of an ignorant President and greed from international corporations. They are a disgrace to humanity and the planet!

  28. “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.” “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.” – Teddy Roosevelt
    There is no more time to waste on preserving pristine areas, respecting nature, giving back to the Earth. We’re running out of places like Bristol Bay. Hopefully the powers that be are brave enough to make the right decision.

  29. After reading through some of the documents related to the pebble mine project it appears the agencies making these decisions are going about it in a very thorough and thoughtful way. These minerals are needed and don’t just occur anywhere. We should be grateful that so much care and expense is being taken to preserve the natural habitat while at the same time providing a real economic need that will benefit our nation. False claims that this will destroy the environment in a catastrophic way are overblown in my opinion or the Army would not be proposing it. The demand for these minerals will not decrease if the mine isn’t built but the foreign countries that will be supplying that demand will not be nearly as interested in protecting the environment as the COE.

  30. EPA: which is more important, money in the pocket of a corp. and the probability a disaster will take place , it will happen, it always does and the corp will be let off free. Protect the environment not Corp greed.

  31. We don’t need Pebble Mine for energy independence. It may represent “low hanging fruit” but we need to balance the environmental concerns with the economic motives.

  32. We don’t need Pebble Mine for energy independence. It may represent “low hanging fruit” but we need to balance the environmental concerns with the economic motives.

  33. Pebble Mine must be stopped. It will destroy one of the few untouched (until now) ecosystems in the world. All wildlife will be adversely affected–especially the salmon– and the environment destroyed. Does the EPA have any sense of morality and ethics? Allowing the mine to go forward is unconscionable.

  34. Please place preservation of the Alaskan environment ahead of corporations who will destroy the environment in the name of profit. Pebble Mine is not in the best interest of Alaskans, or citizens of the United States.

  35. Please use your influence to stop this project. I do not think anyone in Congress is paying attention to my comments.

  36. We need to stand together to stop the pebble mine. Salmon are the backbone of the entire ecosystem in the Bristol bay region. The spawning streams and ponds would be tainted by toxic acid drainage. Streams would be compromised by bridges and culverts. Road building would produce tons of dust that would settle in the pristine waters, choking off the gravel spawning beds that are essential for salmon nests. All the glorious wildlife in the region are linked to the salmon. As well as the culture of the people that call this magnificent area there home. This is one of the last remaining intact ecosystems left on planet earth. Let us be a good steward of these waterways and lands for future generations . To the powers that be, look at the science. And decide with your conscious.

  37. More attention needs to be paid to the potential disaster that the Pebble Mines could cause. The news media needs to do the right thing and focus on this. They would be a tremendous help in protecting an area that can’t be replaced once it’s destroyed. I just found out about this thanks to Orvis. Just one week of the news reporting about the Pebble Mine and everyone would know about it.

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