Pebble Mine in the News: August 25

To help keep readers up-to-date, Pebble Watch offers regular roundups of news articles related to the proposed Pebble Mine. Indian Country Today Media Network recently featured Bristol Bay in three in-depth articles:

“With Billions at Stake in Bristol Bay, Mining Company Spends Big ” (August 24, 2011)
…The orthodox church has joined forces with many Native Alaskans, environmental groups, investors, restaurants and even jewelers across the United States and overseas to fight development of the Pebble Mine. They fear that the mining and its waste products will harm fish and other wildlife; adversely affect tourism, hunting and fishing industries; and destroy the subsistence way of life of Native Alaskans. But who are they fighting? What is the Pebble Limited Partnership? Read the entire article at Indian Country Today.
“Allowing Mining in Bristol Bay Puts Wildlife at Risk” (August 23, 2011 – Indian Country Today)
[Pristine wilderness] …supports many Native Alaskans-primarily Yupik, but also Aleut, Dena’ina, Athabascan and Tlingit-who have called Bristol Bay their sacred home for thousands of years. The landscape is dotted by their peaceful villages, most of them accessible only by plane, boat or snowmobile. But Bristol Bay’s apparent calm belies the area’s geological volatility and recent dire threats posed by mining companies, which are planning to open vast copper-gold-molybdenum mines. Read the entire article at Indian Country Today.
“Beautiful Bristol Bay Is Popular with Both Salmon and Tourists” (July 15, 2011 – Indian Country Today)
At the edge of the Arctic lies a primordial land where immense tectonic plates collide. Volcanoes outline the area, their smoking fumaroles hinting at immense forces deep below the ground, and earthquakes occasionally rumble through the landscape. This is the Bristol Bay watershed in southwestern Alaska, sculpted long ago by the ponderous advance and retreat of glaciers. Now the land is covered by tundra and dominated by rivers, lakes, streams and swamps. It is harsh, isolated, and yet, it has a mystical beauty. Read the entire article at Indian Country Today.