Media Advisory: Bristol Bay stakeholders to testify in Juneau regarding proposed Pebble Mine
Media Advisory: Bristol Bay stakeholders to testify in Juneau regarding proposed Pebble MineJUNEAU, AK – Members of the Alaska Legislature will hear from a diverse group of Bristol Bay leaders and top scientists regarding permits for the proposed Pebble Mine and impacts the mine would have on Bristol Bay’s watershed and all it sustains.Despite steadfast opposition to the project from Bristol Bay tribes, residents, businesses, anglers, commercial fishermen, and native corporations, Northern Dynasty continues to pursue its toxic mining project at the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s world-class fishery. In December, the company applied for permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiating the environmental impact statement process. Bristol Bay is home to the world’s last great sockeye run, which sustain the region’s indigenous cultures, generate more than 14,000 jobs and support a $1.5 billion economy each year.Opponents of the mine will testify to the state House Resource Committee at 1 p.m. on Monday February 19. The hearing is open to the public and media, and will also be streamed online.Where: Alaska State Capitol, and available to stream on akleg.govWhen: 1 p.m., February 19Expected speakers invited by the committee:Tom Tilden, Nunamta AulukestaiLindsay Layland, Deputy Director of United Tribes of Bristol BayNorm Van Vactor, CEO of Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp.Rick Halford, Former Alaska State Senate PresidentNanci Morris Lyon, Bristol Bay lodge owner and guideDaniel Schindler, University of Washington ecologistDave Chambers, President of Center for Science in Public Participation
The United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) is a tribal consortium representing 15 Bristol Bay tribal governments (that represent over 80 percent of the region’s total population) working to protect the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq way of life in Bristol Bay.