Today NRDC unveiled a new ad aimed at stopping the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The ad features NRDC trustee, environmental activist and actor Robert Redford, who calls on President Obama to protect Bristol Bay.
Bristol Bay is home to tens of millions of salmon, who 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 $480-million annual commercial fishery that employs 14,000 full and part-time workers. The salmon also sustain native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing and hunting for thousands of years.
All of this is threatened by the Pebble Mine – a colossal giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The Pebble Mine would produce an estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste. That’s 3,000 pounds for every man, woman and child on Earth. Giant earthen dams, some taller than the Three Gorges Dam in China, would be constructed to hold back that waste forever -- in an active earthquake zone. An immense pit two miles wide by 2,000 feet deep and an underground mine a mile deep would be gouged from the earth.
But there is time to stop Pebble Mine. The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay. EPA recently conducted a scientific assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed that found Pebble Mine would have "significant impacts" on fish populations and streams surrounding the mine site. And if a tailings dam failed, it would have "catastrophic" effects on the ecosystem and region.
Now is the time to act. Check out the ad and visit www.StopPebble.org to send your message to the President.