EPA, Pebble agreement makes opposition to mine grow stronger


May 12, 2017

Nelli Williams, Trout Unlimiteds Alaska Program (907) 230-7121
Brian Kraft, Alaska Sportsman’s Lodges, (907) 276-7605 (office) or (907) 227-8719 (cell)

Opposition to the Pebble Mine Grows Stronger

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Sportsmen and business owners throughout the Bristol Bay region and Alaskans remain steadfast in their opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine despite todays announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pebble Partnership have reached a settlement agreement.

During the EPAs peer reviewed scientific assessment and review of the threats posed by the proposed Pebble Mine to Bristol Bays world-class fisheries, more than 1.6 million Americans and 99 percent of all individuals who submitted comments were in favor of up-front protections for the Bristol Bay region. Bristol Bay is a source of sustainable American jobs, a commercial fishing industry valued at $1.5 billion per year and a dream vacation destination for hunters and anglers around the world.

Brian Kraft of Alaska Sportsmans Lodges replied with the following statement:
The sport fishing community, which supports a $250 million-a-year economy in the Bristol Bay region, depends upon the continued sustainable health of the region in order to operate our businesses. These perfectly functioning rivers sustain life that in turn sustains our businesses. The science behind the EPAs proposed determination has been through two massive peer reviews and countless public testimony. Regardless of the political desires of the current Administration, the work that the EPA has done examining information provided by the mining company should not be discarded.

Nelli Williams of Trout Unlimited in Anchorage replied with the following statement:
This is an absurd step that risks thousands of American jobs and half the worlds sockeye salmon. Pebble needs to wake up. Nothing has changed the fact that a vast majority of Alaskans dont want the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay. Nothing has changed the fact that Pebble would cause irreparable harm. We will be looking to our elected officials and decision makers to ensure they dont turn their back on the people of Alaska. We have said, and will continue to say, that Pebble is not welcome here. Alaskans arent going anywhere, we are in this fight for the long haul.

Trout Unlimited is the nations oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization. In Alaska, we work with sportsmen and women to ensure the states trout and salmon resources remain healthy through our local chapters and offices in Anchorage and Juneau. Follow TU on Facebook or visit us online at tu.org and savebristolbay.org.