Bristol Bay leaders grateful for Sen. Murkowski’s directive to follow science on Pebble mine permit review

ANCHORAGE, AK  -- Today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the Chair of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, released report language that calls for a bolstered scientific review of the proposed Pebble mine permit in Alaska. The language in the Interior appropriations bill is critical of the current process and urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to take the time it needs to fully work with other key state and federal agencies to ensure that their concerns, and those of the region’s stakeholders, are addressed through the review process. 

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Bristol Bay Leaders Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Suspend Permitting for Pebble Due to Drastic Changes In Mine Plan

News that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not require public input or scrutiny of major changes to Pebble’s permit application was met with dismay from Bristol Bay fishermen, Tribal leaders, and others, who reiterated the need to stop this rushed permitting process for Pebble’s toxic project at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay fishery.

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Alaskans to elected decision makers: proposed Bristol Bay protections have never been more important

The need to uphold EPA’s work and the proposed determination have never been more evident. Pebble’s review process has failed us, leaving Alaskans who depend on the Bristol Bay fishery for our culture and livelihood at risk. To remove long-sought protections without even consulting the Tribes or communities jeopardized by this action would be unacceptable and a grave loss for the culture and economy of Alaska and the nation.

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Anchorage Superior Court Judge upholds right of fishermen, residents to protect Bristol Bay

Today, the Anchorage Superior Court dismissed the Pebble-funded lawsuit trying to silence fishermen and Bristol Bay residents opposing Pebble’s toxic mine plan. The Judge found the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association had the right to not only promote Bristol Bay wild salmon on the world markets, but to take steps necessary to protect that the integrity of that brand.

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