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Pebble Mine 2023: Tribes Win Veto, State Hail Marys SCOTUS

Expert BlogUnited States, AlaskaJoel Reynolds
Pebble Mine: Year in Review. After EPA issues rare veto of massive Bristol Bay mine, Dunleavy Administration throws lifeline to Canadian owner, lodging dubious claims in U.S. Supreme Court.

Idaho Approves Statewide Wolf Reduction Plan

Expert BlogIdaho, United StatesDr. Jennifer Sherry

Idaho advances sweeping wolf reduction plan that is out of synch with modern science, the views of the public, and the complex reality of the environment.

Public Land Grab: Senate Bill Gifts Miners Pass to Pollute

Expert BlogWest, Nevada, Idaho, United StatesJosh Axelrod
Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) and Jim Risch (R-ID) have introduced legislation that makes it easier for mining companies and others to acquire rights to federal land and to be able to use them as dumping grounds and worse. The legislation…

Goodbye Verner, Fearless Fighter Against the Pebble Mine

Expert BlogUnited States, AlaskaJoel Reynolds

Bristol Bay tribal and environmental leader Verner Wilson III personified the next generation of committed opposition in decades-long battle against destructive Bristol Bay mining scheme.  

New Ads Thank EPA for Vetoing Pebble Mine

Expert BlogAlaskaTaryn Kiekow Heimer
Full page ads running in Washington, D.C., Seattle and Alaska thank EPA for stopping the Pebble Mine and restricting future mining of the Pebble deposit in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

Six Colorado Basin States Lay Down a Marker for California

Expert BlogArizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, WestEd Osann
The "Consensus Based Modeling Alternative" is a positive development in addressing the current water emergency. It’s unfortunate that California did not join in this recommendation.

EPA Blocks Pebble Mine with Rare Veto. What Happens Next?

Expert BlogAlaskaJoel Reynolds
Following EPA’s grant of Bristol Bay Tribes’ petitions for veto of destructive mining scheme in Bristol Bay headwaters, underfunded Canadian project owner hopes to overturn or circumvent lengthy agency review.

Pebble Mine 2022 Year in Review: “Goodnight Soon!”

Expert BlogAlaskaJoel Reynolds

The end of embattled Bristol Bay mining scheme is in sight, as EPA recommends veto long sought by Bristol Bay Native Tribes—and funding is secured for land conservation agreement that blocks proposed access to mine site.

NRDC and Partners Sue to Stop Oil Leasing in Cook Inlet, AK

Expert BlogAlaskaJulia Forgie
We're challenging Interior's decision to lease nearly a million acres of this vibrant ocean ecosystem for oil production without looking more carefully at the environmental harms that will result.

Pebble Mine Veto: China Laughing?! It’s Pebble Weeping!

Expert BlogAlaska, United StatesJoel Reynolds

Replying to EPA’s recommended veto of destructive Bristol Bay mine, desperate Canadian owner argues yet again, against law and science, that the proposed agency decision after 12 years of federal review remains “peremptory,” based on “wildly speculative” assumptions, and an…

Protection for Bristol Bay Is Within Reach

Expert BlogAlaska, United StatesTaryn Kiekow Heimer

EPA just released a recommendation under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act that would prohibit the Pebble Mine—a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska. This…

Pebble Mine: Too Much Trick, Too Little Treat

Expert BlogAlaskaTaryn Kiekow Heimer

House Committee Issued a Report Detailing How Pebble Mine Proponents “Tried to Trick Regulators” and Asked the Attorney General to Investigate False Statements to Congress