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Our Bristol Bay One of the last best places

The Bristol Bay region in southwest Alaska is a pristine wilderness stretching from the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range across tundra and wetlands laced with rivers that flow into the bay, providing the best wild salmon habitat anywhere on Earth.

North American's biggest open-pit mine proposal threatens

A male spawning salmon in Hanson Creek struggles to make his way up stream to the nesting females. Photo by Nick Hall
A salmon struggles upstream to spawn in the
Bristol Bay watershed. Photo: Nick Hall

London-based Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, wants to build the Pebble mine proposal in Bristol Bay’s headwaters.  It would be the largest open-pit mine in North Amerca.

The Pebble mine proposal is a colossally stupid idea to anyone without a direct financial stake in it. That's why a vast array of people inside Alaska, including those who usually champion mine proposals, oppose it.

If built, the mine would create 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste lagoons in a seismically active area that sits atop the spawning grounds of the world’s largest remaining wild sockeye salmon fishery.

Working to change corporate minds

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We are working with local groups and communities in three key ways to change Anglo’s mind about building the mine:

  1. Anglo American’s CEO, Cynthia Carroll, promised not to build the mine if the community opposed.  Well, they do oppose it.  With our Alaskan partners, we’re demanding she honor her promise.
  2. Jewelry retailers buy between 70 and 90% of all gold mined every year.  We are recruiting an ever-growing list of jewelry retailers to pledge never to buy metals sourced from Bristol Bay.
  3. The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has Clean Water Act authority to  to “prohibit, restrict, or deny” mine waste dumping in waters of the United States – much of the Bristol Bay watershed.  With your help, we are encouraging EPA to exercise this authority.

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