DSC’s Open Letter to EPA on Pebble Mine Settlement

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USA -(Ammoland.com)- DSC disagrees with the decision by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to settle the lawsuit against Northern Dynasty Minerals – a Canadian company that proposed the controversial Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The settlement reverses previous efforts to prevent progress of the extrication of a massive undeveloped ore deposit in Bristol Bay and to protect the pristine waters and wildlife of the area.

The settlement will allow the foreign mining company to apply for a federal permit for the proposed mine that has the potential to devastate one of the most productive fisheries in the world. The ecosystem in Bristol Bay supports nearly 10,000 full-time jobs and generates $1.5 billion in economic output.

While the Pebble Mine will create jobs, most will be temporary and do not offset the potential for damage to what many consider as a consummate example of a sustainable economy that depends on a healthy ecosystem.

Bristol Bay is home to more than 40 terrestrial mammal species, including bear, moose and caribou. All five Pacific salmon species found in North America, as well as more than 20 other fish species and 190 bird species are also found in the affected area.

The pebble deposit is located at the headwaters of Nushagak and Kvichak rivers, which produce about half of the sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay.

A briefing published by the Center for American Progress lists some of the details contained in the original assessments for the project.

“Because the deposit’s ore is so diffuse, the mine would require not only an open pit thousands of feet deep and two miles to three miles wide, but also tailings reservoirs to hold toxic mine waste that could cover more than 7,600 acres, or 12 square miles, and would remain in perpetuity.”

While this settlement does not assure projects at the Pebble Mine will be approved, DSC urges the potential impacts to wildlife and local economies be closely examined when considering this or similar projects in the future.

 

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Jo Ann
Jo Ann
4 years ago

Paul, are you aware that the evil Globalists of which you speak are some of the corporations behind the Pabble Mine?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 years ago
Reply to  Jo Ann

Ann, It takes more of an explanation than the one sentence question that you have presented us with, Jo Ann, and don’t forget some references that we can check, please.

Jo Ann
Jo Ann
4 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Wild Bill and others: good point. If you look at Wikipedia’s entry “Pebble Mine”, there is a complete(?) chronology of ownership of the proposal that is interesting. I realize that Wiki is no gospel but is usually pretty accurate. There is an enormous number of entries on PM if you use just about any search engine. Interestingly, one of the geologists involved in the discovery and evaluation of the proposed mine now lives across the street from me.

Paul Wong
Paul Wong
4 years ago

When you pull back the curtain… you see: – Real environmental groups (The pawns): Have been fed a steady stream (no pun intended) of false/distorted information and partial data by ‘Globalist’ funded groups posing as environmental organizations. – Globalist/corporate entities (The puppet masters): Want to devastate Western mining to maximize profit (cheap labor, negligible regulations, free trade). Will concentrate mining in China, etc… allowing future raw materials price controls (massive price spikes) to maximize future profits. These Globalist corporations and their Political lap dogs that we just voted out of office have been grossly exaggerating the worst case scenario for… Read more »

Frank
Frank
4 years ago

I can think of multiple lines in Alaska that have not had your promised ecological destruction, be it gold, zinc, coal or other materials. One gold mine was by the headwaters of a major river in South Central Alaska. Salmon are traveling upstream at this very moment. If you want what really will hurt the fishery in Bristol, look no further than the current commercial fishing industry. Instead of this maybe the mine might someday destroy the fishery if absolutely everything goes wrong, the commercial fishing industry is actively damaging it. To me, this appears to be yet another chicken… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Frank, mind telling me what gold mine and specific headwaters you are talking about? I like to look into their operation for myself. I can think multiple lines of salmon runs in Alaska that haven’t HAD the ecological damaged as well, which is why a lot of people don’t want to see that as you say possibly happen or not to one of the worlds largest fisheries. Yeah they might get luck and its all ok . But for me given the history of mining it probably will destroy the fishery. I dont let the fear of falling trees keeping… Read more »

dj
dj
4 years ago

At Frank, For starters I stared slamming breakout tongs in worm corner for Loffland Bros. Drilling Co. in 1978 if you can remember back that far. did the oil patch for a long time living from contract to contract. So please don’t lump me in with the “ecoterrorists” and tree huggers. For me it’s Drill, BABY Drill! A LOT! But after rereading this article and contemplating what an utterly UGLY eysore that is described below sounds like you are BECOMING what you didn’t want. IN Spades. So imagine…. “Because the deposit’s ore is so diffuse, the mine would require not… Read more »

Wheatley Jo Ann C.
Wheatley Jo Ann C.
4 years ago

The history of mining companies’ leaving behind the messes they create is a sad, dirty story. They usually are bonded for say “X$$ to cover clean-up costs. Then when that amount is spent and the clean-up isn’t nearly completed, just shrug it off like, “well we did our part”. Why do you think it requires “Super Funds” to get it done? And where does the Super Funf $$ come from? Us of course. Ask the people in Libby MT how well that all worked out; or the WV mountaintop scalping so-called mining cleanup. Their mess, their profits, our dead fish,… Read more »

Frank
Frank
4 years ago

Alaskan here. I want Pebble. We have been bombarded with Outside money from anti human ecoterrorists for years concerning this. These are the same people that don’t want any drilling in the arctic swamp referred to as ANWR.

BTW, there is more salmon spawning grounds than just Bristol. Don’t forget how big Alaska is. If we cut it in half, Texas would be the third largest state.

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank

It may not be the only fishery in Alaska but it is the biggest. Basically what you are supporting in the destruction of a sustainable resource in support of non sustainable one. I’m no expert but I never heard of a mining area the didnt scalp the land or have a major accident at some point. And the smart ones understand the concept of heavy metal and thier dangers. Personally I think anyone willing to support this blatant destruction of resources sound help the mining company store those reservoirs of heavy metal…in their backyard. Here in Oregon we’re still dealing… Read more »

dj
dj
4 years ago

At Joann, I didn’t snap to the MAGITUDE of an event like that until it occurred that the Alaskan Earth Quake of 1964 had a whopping 9.2 rating. The violent wholescale land “remodeling” that occurred in just a few moments would DEFINITELY dump the WHOLE toxic mess no matter how well managed into the Bering Sea. Consequences be Damned! And it would pale in comparison to the poisoning of the Animas river in Colorado that is now PERMANENTLY polluted courtesy of dingbat EPA imcompetance. Yep, once mining begins on the coast of Alaska, the days of wild caught Alaskan salmon… Read more »

Jo Ann
Jo Ann
4 years ago

Proposing a huge earthen Dam to hold back mining effluent ( water contaminated with heavy metals, arsenic, molybdenum, etc). Area is in an active quake area. Most of the financial backing for this project is foreign companies and investors- a real disaster in the making that should be opposed by all fishermen and hunters as well as others interested in a sustainable fishery for salmon.

dj
dj
4 years ago

Thisproject sounds like a land bound Exxon Valdez that can NEVER go away once started. A catastrophic nightmare in the making…….

Pete
Pete
4 years ago

Is it true or not that, as I have read, the Pebble Mine would be 100 miles inland?