Alaska Native Leaders and Fishermen Tell First Quantum: Dump Pebble Mine

May 3, 2018
TORONTO—A delegation representing Alaskan business leaders, Bristol Bay Tribes, commercial fishermen and conservation organizations will appear today at the annual meeting of First Quantum Minerals to give shareholders a message: the Pebble Mine is a bad investment. “Bristol Bay, and… More »

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The proposed Pebble Mine will cause lasting harm to the world's largest wild salmon runs in Alaska's Bristol Bay - and you can help save it!
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Tiffany & Co. Takes a Stand for Protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

February 5, 2018 • Bonnie Gestring
Today, Tiffany & Co. placed a full-page Ad in the Washington Post thanking the EPA for its recent decision to retain the proposed restrictions to protect Bristol Bay.  In its Ad, it states: “Tiffany & Co. has long been a vocal… More »

Ambler Road Scoping Comments

January 31, 2018 • Earthworks

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California Urges First Quantum Minerals: Stay Out of Pebble Mine

January 29, 2018 • Bonnie Gestring
Today, the California State Treasurer, John Chiang, sent a letter to First Quantum Minerals, a potential investor in the proposed Pebble Mine, urging the company to stay out of the controversial project. The State of California is one of the largest… More »

Trump’s EPA ignores science, paves the way for Pebble mine

May 15, 2017 • Bonnie Gestring

Friday, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency reversed course on the agency’s long standing efforts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and America’s most valuable wild salmon fishery.

In announcing a deal with Canadian-based Northern Dynasty to settle the company’s legal fight, the EPA has agreed to drop its 2014 proposed determination to protect the salmon fishery from the Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum open-pit mine proposal.

Bristol Bay

The Pebble mine is a massive copper/gold mine proposed in southwest Alaska at the headwaters of Bristol Bay and the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed:

  • supplies roughly 50% of the world’s commercial supply of wild sockeye salmon.
  • generates more than $480 million a year in revenue, and
  • employs for 14,000 full and part-time workers.

New Analysis: Ignoring best practices, four BC/Alaska transboundary mines risk repeating Mount Polley disaster

March 22, 2016 • Earthworks | MiningWatch Canada | Rivers Without Borders

In the midst of deliberations over the British Columbia Mining Code, an international coalition today released, Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia, a new analysis revealing that four major BC mine projects in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region fail to implement the recommendations of the Mount Polley expert panel, risking similar mine waste containment disasters. The Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, occurred in August 2014, releasing over 25 million cubic meters of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed.