Sen. Murkowski Moves to Block Pebble Mine
Language would help protect world-class salmon fishery
The following is a statement by Steve Cohn, state director of The Nature Conservancy’s Alaska chapter, after Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced she would develop language for future federal appropriations bills to protect the Bristol Bay region from the proposed Pebble Mine:
“Sen. Murkowski’s comments reinforce what the science and Bristol Bay communities have already said – Pebble is the wrong mine, in the wrong place. As the Army Corps of Engineers and analyses by The Nature Conservancy and several others have concluded, the mine would inflict irrevocable damage to the home of the planet’s most productive rivers for wild salmon. The loss of rivers, streams and open waters combined with the need to manage the mine’s toxic wastewaters in perpetuity would put Bristol Bay communities as well as the health of a globally important, environmentally sustainable fishing industry at risk.
“We commend Sen. Murkowski for proposing action to ensure the future of Bristol Bay aligns with the health and well-being of Alaska Natives who have cared for and relied upon this region for millennia. We agree on the need for a long-term strategy to protect Bristol Bay and look forward to continue working with the senator, local tribes, businesses and other stakeholders to chart a scientifically sound and equitable plan for the region.”
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