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Pebble Mine Controversy

  • 03 Sep 2008
  • Author: Grant Sonnex

Now that the commercial fishing season is finished in Bristol Bay one of the biggest topics of conversation amongst local people is the future of the fishery, and it all centres around the possibility of an enormous mining operation in the area - Pebble Mine.

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Mining, in general, is hugely important to Alaska in terms of jobs and income. But then so is fishing - particularly around Bristol Bay. And the fishery relies on the health and cleanliness the streams, lakes, rivers and marine ecosystem. The pristine nature of the landscape around Bristol Bay is often cited as one of the main reasons why this remains the world's last great salmon run, in contrast to the pollution and degradation of the once-great salmon rivers further south.

So the discovery of what the mining developers are calling "one of the world's most important mineral discoveries" within the Bristol Bay catchment has created a fierce division within local communities.

Many families that depend on fishing fear that the enormous proposed mining project and others that might follow it will inevitably lead to pollution of the waters - it's only a matter of time. Whereas others believe that Pebble Mine would bring badly needed jobs and money into the area. You can explore the different points of view through the following links and many more that you can find on the web.

Pro Pebble Mine:

Pebble Project
Truth about Pebble

Anti Pebble Mine:

Renewable Resources Coalition
Stop Pebble Mine

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