There are many reasons to quit the Pebble Mine. Through ads running this week and next in Politico, NRDC is giving the Pebble Partnership a handful. Today's ad is the first in a series of five ads, and it focuses on the overwhelming local opposition to Pebble Mine -- a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Bristol Bay is home to tens of millions of wild salmon, which return every year to spawn and create another generation of wild salmon. Bears, wolves, seals, and whales thrive on the salmon -- and so do people. Bristol Bay's wild salmon support a $1.5 billion annual commercial fishery that employs 14,000 full and part-time workers. Salmon are also the lifeblood of native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing and hunting for thousands of years.
All of this is threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine. Rightly so, there is overwhelming local opposition to the mine. Polls show that 85 percent of commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay, 81 percent of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation's native shareholders, and 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents oppose Pebble Mine.
Please join them and tell Northern Dynasty Minerals -- now the sole "partner" left in the Pebble Partnership after all the other mining companies fled -- to call it quits. Visit StopPebble.org to tell Northern Dynasty Minerals that it's time to walk away from Bristol Bay. And stay tuned for our ad tomorrow...