In response to the federal government’s decision to begin a new environmental impact statement (EIS) for the potentially dangerous Pebble Mine, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from David Aplin, interim managing director of US Arctic programs:
“While the design plans may have changed, the risk this mine brings to Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery has not.
“Rather than rushing headlong into an environmental impact statement based on inadequate environmental and economic data, the Army Corps of Engineers should ensure the public has the information it needs to be part of the process.
“Like other mine applications, this one should contain an economic analysis demonstrating this design is economically feasible. Without proven economic viability, the government, local communities, and other stakeholders risk spending time and money analyzing a mine that may not generate enough income to even be built.
“Sound science and robust public involvement have long been part of discussions on the future of Pebble Mine. Those principles should not be sacrificed in the name of expediency.”