"It’s simply unconscionable to fast-track such a high-risk project with a shoddy environment review..."
WASHINGTON — The final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine — released late yesterday by SalmonState — fails to adequately describe or address the massive environmental impacts the proposed open-pit copper and gold mine will have on Bristol Bay, a pristine area that is critical for Alaskan tribal communities and the Alaskan salmon fishery.
“Bristol Bay is the most important salmon fishery in the world and supports tens of thousands of jobs,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The science is overwhelmingly clear: the proposed Pebble Mine is a catastrophe waiting to happen. It’s simply unconscionable to fast-track such a high-risk project with a shoddy environment review that failed to evaluate the consequences should the proposed six-story dam fail and release 10 billion gallons of toxic waste into Bristol Bay’s treasured, pristine ecosystem. The administration should instead put a stop to this project and protect Alaska’s salmon and the communities that depend upon Bristol Bay. Since they won’t, we will see them in court.”
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