EPA Takes Big Step Towards Lasting Protection for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

September 20, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency took a big step towards establishing lasting protection for Alaska’s Bristol Bay when it announced plans to resume work to protect the region’s wild salmon fishery from the devastating impacts of large-scale mining operations… More »

President Biden: It’s Time to Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

August 12, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
On the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s promise to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Earthworks and our allies sent a letter to the EPA, urging the agency to take immediate action under the Clean Water Act to protect our nation’s greatest… More »

Forty-seven years and counting: The lasting damage of tailings dam failures

July 6, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
The Blackfoot River in western Montana was made famous by “A River Runs Through It,” the award-winning film based on a Norman Maclean book. Like many rivers in the west, however, the Blackfoot has suffered from decades of mining at… More »

Ten Reasons Why EPA Must Use the Clean Water Act to Permanently Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay From the Pebble Mine

June 29, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
Northern Dynasty’s proposed Pebble Mine took a hit this month! The Pedro Bay Alaska Native Corporation announced that it has agreed to secure a conservation easement on land it owns around Iliamna Lake. The land includes part of the “northern… More »

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U.S. Bureau of Land Management Puts Hold on Alaska Public Lands Give-Away

May 11, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
Alaska Tribes, Community Members and Conservation Groups Share Their Appreciation In the last two weeks of the Trump Administration, the Interior Department rushed to open up tens of millions of acres of public lands to mining and oil and gas… More »

Pebble Mine: Investors worth $105 billion join the call for lasting protection for Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

April 7, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
This week, a group of fifty investors, worth over $105 billion, spoke out against the controversial Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska – a massive copper and gold mine that threatens the world’s largest and most productive wild salmon fishery.  These… More »

STIBNITE GOLD MINE: New mine plan needs a new environmental review!

March 18, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
The massive open-pit Stibnite Mine would use cyanide to extract gold on public lands in the headwaters of Idaho’s Salmon River—one of the most cherished and economically important waterways in the northwest. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the… More »

The campaign to protect Southwest Oregon headwaters from strip mining gains momentum!

February 23, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
The headwaters to some of our nation’s most unique and beautiful National Wild and Scenic Rivers are in Southwest Oregon. These emerald-hued waters flow through the botanical wonderland of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to Redwood National Park and spectacular beaches of… More »