Proposed Pebble Creek Mine Proposed For A Godawfull Place

From NRDC in the News. Thank you. A disastor of Alaskan Proportions.
Matt

By Susan Carpenter

Access the issue here: http://www.pagegangster.com/p/J8Wtt/

THE NRDC’s BRISTOL BAY CAMPAIGN

NRDC Statement by Joel Reynolds to Pool 32 from the Senior Attorney and the Director of Marine Mammal Protection.

Bristol Bay is a place frozen in history, representing a vast and diverse ecosystem ranging from tundra to wetlands, with hundreds of rivers and streams crisscrossing the region and feeding some of the world’s most productive salmon runs. The salmon runs support commercial, sports and subsistence fishing, as well as a vast array of majestic wildlife. Bristol Bay is truly a place of reflection and solitude previously untouched by industrialization, until now. Foreign mining companies, including Anglo American, Northern Dynasty, Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi, seek to build Pebble Mine – one of the largest open pit copper and gold mines ever imagined – at the headwaters feeding into Bristol Bay. The toxic tailings from this intensive enterprise will despoil important streams and lakes that serve as a nursery and breeding ground to world-renown sockeye and chinook salmon runs. Research shows us that even trace amounts of copper destroys a salmon’s sense of smell, disrupting their ability to find their spawning streams, reproduce, avoid predators and find food. The development of Pebble Mine would forever change the pristine nature of this extraordinary place and most certainly cause permanent turmoil and devastation to the indigenous people of the region and the salmon and other wildlife upon which they depend.

And here’s a statement from Matt Skoglund, NRDC wildlife advocate, who’s fishing experience in the Bristol Bay region attests to how spectacular the area really is for fisherman.

One of the most memorable days of my life was spent on a tributary to Lake Iliamna. We flew over the lake, and a tributary running red with sockeye caught our attention. We landed on the lake, tied the plane to a small tree, and hiked up the tributary from its confluence with Iliamna. We caught and released enormous rainbow trout, saw enormous brown bears, and sported enormous smiles all day. The lake, the fish, the bears, the scenery, the wilderness, and my memory of that day – it’s way more precious than any quantity of gold.

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