Dear Pebble Partnership, It’s Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay

Emilio Cogliani

Just how many reasons does the Pebble Partnership need to stop its disastrous plans to build the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska? NRDC explored that question in a series of ads in Politico. The ads give the Pebble Partnership several compelling reasons to quit the Pebble Mine, culminating today with a simple request: walk away from Bristol Bay.

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Bristol Bay is home to the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery, supplying half of the world’s sockeye salmon. Salmon support a $1.5 billion annual commercial fishery that employs 14,000 full and part-time workers. Salmon are not only the economic backbone of the region, but also the lifeblood of Bristol Bay’s native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing for millennia.

Yet the Pebble Partnership wants to build a giant gold and copper mine at the headwaters of these important salmon runs. The Pebble Mine would produce up to 10 billion tons…

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