Taking the Pebble Mine Battle to Washington

The Nushagak River drainage is just one of the fragile, vital watersheds
threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine project.
photo courtesy fishermenforbristolbay.org

Alaskans representing the voices of local residents, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, Alaska Natives, and business owners have descended on Washington this week to push for action on the stalled EPA process to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska’s sockeye salmon fishery and save 14,000 American jobs. The Pebble Mine, proposed by from a foreign mining conglomerate, will generate up to 10 billion tons of toxic waste at the headwaters of one of America’s most productive fisheries.

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Campaign to Stop the Pebble Mine Tops Orvis Customer Matching Grants for 2013

The proposed mine would try to contain 10 billion tons of waste above this majestic
watery landscape.
Photo by Jim Klug

A national campaign to stop the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region is the top conservation priority for The Orvis Company, Inc., said CEO Perk Perkins and Vice Chairman David Perkins as they announced the company’s 2013 Customer Matching Grants for Conservation.

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Photo Essay: Ground-Zero Images of the Pebble Mine Site Show What’s at Stake


The New Halen River flows between Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna, and offers some of the least
tried Class 6 whitewater in North America. It will also have a bridge over it and a haul road
next to it if the Pebble Mine is constructed.

photo by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Award-winning photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum is known for his stunning images that highlight important environmental issues. In fact, Audubon magazine listed him as one of the 100 people “who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th Century.”

He has recently started posting images from a series that he calls “Pebble Mine—Pictures from Ground Zero.” Enjoy the beauty in the photos here, and then try to imagine that same landscape scarred by. . .

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Watch the “Frontline” Episode on Pebble Mine

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If you didn’t get a chance to watch PBS’s “Frontline” last night, they’ve put the whole thing online. This is a great exploration of the issues involved, both pro- and anti-mine. But there’s plenty here to scare the crap out of anyone who understands how valuable the Bristol bay ecosystem is for salmon, trout, and ever other species in the region. Take some time tonight or over the next few days to watch this, and if you feel. . .

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PBS’s “Frontline” Covers Pebble Mine Tonight!

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Pebble Mine is receiving a lot of attention from the national press of late. Two weeks ago, Dan Rather reported live from King Salmon, Alaska, with a panel of experts. (You can dowload the program here for $1.99) Tonight, television’s best investigative-journalism show, PBS’s “Frontline,” takes a hard look at the issues raised by the proposed open-pit mine. The episode, called “Treasure Hunting: The Battle Over Alaska’s Mega Mine,” lays out the. . .

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Dan Rather Reports on Pebble Mine TONIGHT at 8 p.m.


Dan Rather will address the Pebble Mine controversy live from King Salmon, Alaska.

Dan Rather Reports” is a weekly news show hosted by the famed anchorman and field reporter. The show airs on ASX TV (formerly HDNet), which is available on many major cable and digital networks. (To see if yours carries ASX TV, click here.) On tonight’s episode of “Dan Rather Reports,” the subject will be the proposed Pebble Mine. Here’s the description: . . .

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URGENT: EPA Hearing on Pebble Mine Thursday in Seattle!

EPA Hearing

Last week, the EPA announced that it will hold a public hearing this Thursday in Seattle on its recent Bristol Bay watershed assessment. This will be the ONLY hearing in the Lower 48, so it’s your best shot to be heard on the issues facing the conservation of this fragile ecosystem.

A strong showing from anglers and conservationists will. . .

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EPA Study Sees Grave Danger to Salmon from Pebble Mine


A new report casts doubt on the “safe” operation of the proposed Pebble Mine.

photo via msnbc.com

Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, now have more ammunition in the battle: a new draft study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)has found that such a massive project would endanger the spawning grounds of. . .

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Video: Former AK Senate President Rick Halford Speaks Out Against Pebble Mine

The pro-Pebble Mine forces would have you believe that all “real” Alaskans are in favor of the project, and that the agitators are transplants, hippies, or from “outside.” This video shoots a big, fat hole in that argument. Rick Halford is about as Alaskan as they come: bush pilot, avid outdoorsman, and longtime Republican political leader. He retired from public life in 2003 as. . .

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