- Issue: Winter 2018
Our November 2015 feature waded into the streams of Bristol Bay, Alaska, which churn with the world’s largest sockeye salmon run and nourish diverse communities and wildlife as well as support the seafood industry. In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Bristol Bay’s significance by blocking the construction of Pebble Mine—a copper, gold, and molybdenum pit mine proposed for the bay’s headwaters that would have destroyed an estimated 94 miles of salmon streams and 5,350 acres of wetlands, lakes, and ponds. A politically active group of local fishers, indigenous organizations, and conservationists celebrated the win. But the threat lingered.
iJAN 2018 Pruitt changed his position, stating that while the Obama-era proposed protections would be set aside for now, the mine would need to clear the high bar established by the agency’s multi-year process.
iMAR 2018 The Army Corps announced its plan to fast-track environmental review of Pebble Mine in order to complete its decision before the 2020 presidential election.
iAPR–JUN 2018 WWF leveraged nearly 220,000 public signatures and comments imploring the Corps to reject Pebble’s permit application.
iMAY 2018 First Quantum terminated its discussions with Northern Dynasty and the Pebble Limited Partnership. First Quantum is the fourth company to pull from the project since its inception in 2002.