In response to the Pebble Partnership's plans to file its first permit applications to develop Pebble Mine in the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from David Aplin, interim managing director of WWF’s US Arctic program:
“Pebble Mine is a recipe for disaster in a region of irreplaceable natural beauty, wildlife and salmon habitat. Bristol Bay’s local fishermen and communities have long opposed the mine and are right to be concerned about its potential impacts on America’s largest wild salmon fishery and the people and economies it sustains.
“If developed, Pebble Mine will put the livelihoods of 14,000 people and a $1.5 billion salmon fishery in jeopardy. Even a smaller-than-initially-planned mine will mean large-scale risks to the wildlife and communities of Bristol Bay.”