Bristol Bay – I have never visited you, but I dream of you. Bristol Bay – you have been a life source to so many walks of life for generations. Bristol Bay – you are home to the largest run of sockeye salmon in the world. Bristol Bay – your waters are priceless. Bristol Bay – you need our help.
Bristol Bay is one of those magical places, a place that stirs emotions, visions and touches lives. I’ve never been to Bristol Bay, but I cannot help but be utterly captivated by this region. The Pebble Mine, with all its destructive impacts, is the primary reason why I decided to focus my life and my education on fisheries conservation. I know the Pebble Mine will destroy a great and wild place, and I want to do all that I can to stop the madness.
I’m not alone in this fight – the people of the region have spoken. The people know what the largest open pit mine in the world will do to the wild and pristine place they call home. Pebble Partnership tries to spin this environmental catastrophe as a win-win for all involved. One of the things the Pebble Partnership must do is dam a river to create a tailing pond. Have we not learned our lesson about damming salmon spawning rivers? Not only that, think about all the chemicals that will leach into the ground water supply and water table. Consider all of those toxins flowing into the lifeblood of the region. Pebble claims this will not impact the salmon runs and salmon industry are completely erroneous. Moreover, mining means development, and development means roads. These roads will spread across miles and miles of salmon habitat. Sediment transport anyone? Not to mention the other water quality impacts vehicles have to streams. Do you know how many pollutants come from vehicles? Copper, extremely detrimental to fish, comes from brakes…and the list goes on. Who wins from this again? Only the Pebble Partnership.
Colorado still pays the price for its mining heritage. Over a century later, research is conducted to find the best plan of action to handle all of the destruction done by mining. Hundreds of miles of stream still bear mining scars. Hundreds of miles of stream have not recovered. Species have been lost forever. Is this the future we want for Bristol Bay?
NO PEBBLE MINE!