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Why This Matters: This mine should never be built. Ever. It puts at risk the single most valuable sustainable fishery in the world and puts two pristine national parks. But apparently none of that mattered until big donors, and Fox News commentators and Don Jr. objected. As they say, it’s not what you know….
The Mine Will Have Substantial Impacts After All
We reported earlier this month that the government had concluded that the mine “would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes to the health of the commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay.” It was to be sited near two National Parks, and the mine tailings would be piped along the headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery about 200 miles from Anchorage. But now, the Corps of Engineers sees huge problems with the mine, saying in a statement that it would “likely result in significant degradation of the environment and would likely result in significant adverse effects on the aquatic system or human environment.” But the Corps also said, “This administration supports the mining industry and acknowledges the benefits the industry has provided to the economy and productivity of this country, from job creation to the extraction of valuable resources, which are especially important as we recover from this pandemic.”
Environmental Groups, Fishers, and Tribes
Both Alaska Senators agreed that it was the right decision. Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defense Council told The Hill, “The problem with Pebble is that it has always been the wrong mine in the wrong place…A massive open pit at the headwaters of the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery is a project whose impacts cannot be mitigated.” Local Alaska station KTUU reported that the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC), which has opposed Pebble since 2009, said in a statement “The real winners of today’s decision are the people of our region. The future of Bristol Bay is more secure because local stakeholders have been unwavering in their efforts to disclose the true impacts this project would cause to the region’s fisheries, fishing-based economy and subsistence way of life.” And the Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay and Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association said in a statement that they “celebrate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conclusion.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Pedro Bay Corp., an Alaska Native group, has struck a blow to the controversial Pebble Mine project, which had promised to be the largest gold mine in North America. Located near Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay, development on the site threatened to damage the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, […]
A battle is raging in Nevada as the U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service announces it will be listing Tiehm’s buckwheat flower as an endangered species, striking a blow to a lithium mining project in the region. Lithium is required for the batteries that power electric vehicles, which the government is making significant investments in to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But environmentalists argue that the Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada will do more harm than good.
Why This Matters: The world is facing two major crises: global temperature rise and biodiversity loss. In the U.S., investing in renewable energy and electric power has been identified by experts as the quickest path to net-zero emissions and preventing catastrophic temperature rise.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The American agriculture system is in need of an overhaul. A combination of more erratic weather resulting from climate change and years of soil depletion make it nearly impossible to simply continue monoculture farming. An approach called regenerative agriculture could change the system. But even as farmers and agriculture […]
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