Protect Bristol Bay panel update at 9th annual WAISC conference

March 8, 2016Contact:Alannah Hurley, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, (907) 843-1633 or FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Protect Bristol Bay panel update at 9th annual WAISC conference DILLINGHAM, AK — An update on the status of the effort to protect Bristol Bay fisheries, cultures, and jobs from the Pebble mine will take place during the 9th Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum on March 10 at the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham. Public policy, scientific, legal, and tribal leadership will update on and discuss the latest efforts to protect Bristol Bay and Northern Dynasty Minerals attempts mislead the public in regards to the risks posed by their proposal to construct a large-scale gold, copper and molybdenum mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.The event comes shortly after the release of a report by an independent federal watchdog, the Inspector General’s office, which determined the U.S. Environmental Protection agency acted fairly and legally in its conduct during the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, the findings of which ultimately directed the Agency to use their authority under the Clean Water Act to limit mining activities in Bristol Bay due to its unacceptable risk on wild salmon, clean water, and a thriving fish-based economy.WHO: The following panelists will speak, and be available for interview
  • Peter Van Tuyn, Environmental Lawyer at Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, LLC
  • Rick Halford, former Alaska State Senate President and Bristol Bay advocate
  • Heidi Kritz, United Tribes of Bristol Bay
  • Wayne Nastri, Co-President at E4 Strategic Solutions, Inc. & Former EPA Region 10 Administrator
  • Dave Chambers Ph.D., P. Geop., President of the Center for Science in Public Participation
  • Milo Adkinson, Professor of Fisheries at University of Alaska - Fairbanks
WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2016. 3:00pm-5pmWHERE: UAF – Bristol Bay Campus 527 Seward St., Dillingham, Alaska. Room 115.Learn more about the conference:
United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium working to protect the Yup’ik, Denai’na, and Alutiq way of life and the Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining. Learn more about our work at