Last month the EPA released it’s final draft of the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. It told us what we already knew:
“EPA has concluded that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses significant near and long-term risks to salmon, wildlife and native Alaskan cultures.”
It seems like a big victory but it’s really one that must be taken with a grain of salt. The deposit – valued at 420 billion dollars – remains in the ground.
Without lasting federal protection, there will always be risked of some short sighted people looking to cash in. There still is. Just the other day, the Pebble Partnership announced a big leadership change. They’re replacing their CEO with Tom Collier, a former chief of staff under Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt. Collier expertise is in walking corporation through the permitting process.
Here’s what you can do. Encourage president Obama to protect Bristol Bay through preemptive imposition of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Check out this video and then take action here. It only takes a couple of seconds but can make all the difference in the world for one of these pristine treasures that remain on this earth.