Protect Bristol Bay
Statement from United Tribes of Bristol Bay:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published an update to Pebble's permit application. Pebble is ALREADY seeking to expand the mine size from what it applied for in the initial application. The first step of the NEPA process only recently finished; the "Scoping" hearings are the first step and already Pebble Mine proposes to expand development to the entirety of the deposit.
Here are the latest changes Pebble Mine submitted:
- Overall mining operation increased by ~1/4 for the first twenty years (from 1.2 billion to 1.5 billion tons of ore)
-LARGER mine pit
-LARGER tailings ponds
-270 megawatt power plant (one of the largest in the state -- larger than the ones used in Anchorage and Fairbanks)
-Larger natural gas pipeline
-Increased traffic in road corridor
These changes were made with little public notice, and no additional time to review or provide feedback on the newest mine plan. The U.S. Army Corps needs to hear that this is NOT ACCEPTABLE. The people of Bristol Bay deserve adequate time to review the expansion, and should be granted the opportunity to have our voices heard. Expanding and changing the plan during the scoping process prevents this.
Please, fill out a comment letter by clicking here, and don't forget to add your individual voice by customizing the letter to share how Pebble will impact you, your family, your community, and your future!
Quyana if you have already testified or signed a letter in this process, but please feel free to submit additional letters addressing the expansion of the project to what we know will ultimately be a mega-mine and transform Bristol Bay into a mining district.