Bristol Bay Tribes Commend First Quantum for Making the Right Decision in Divesting from Pebble Mine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 25, 2018CONTACT: Alannah Hurley, UTBB, (907) 843-1633

Bristol Bay Tribes Commend First Quantum for Making the Right Decision in Divesting from Pebble Mine

DILLINGHAM, AK – Bristol Bay’s Tribes celebrated today as First Quantum Minerals announced it was declining to pursue its draft option agreement with Northern Dynasty minerals, the parent company behind the Pebble Mine.First Quantum now joins a long line of companies who have come to the same realization as the people of Bristol Bay: Pebble is the wrong mine in the wrong place.Robert Heyano, Board President of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay stated:“Today is a victory of Bristol Bay’s Tribes. Our voices are being heard everywhere from our villages to the boardroom at First Quantum. Quyana (thank you) to First Quantum for listening to reason and divesting from this toxic project. No project is worth more than a culture or a way of life. It’s fitting that this announcement comes right on the cusp of fishing season, where Bristol Bay will once again harvest millions of salmon for the world.”

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The United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) is a tribal consortium representing 15 Bristol Bay tribes working to protect the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq way of life in Bristol Bay.

 

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