Senate tries end-around EPA protection for Bristol Bay

Via TU’s Save Bristol Bay website:

Alaskans expressed extreme disappointment with Senator Lisa Murkowski’s co-sponsorship of the Regulatory Fairness Act, a bill designed to severely curtail the EPA’s authority to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine. The legislation, which was recently introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and David Vitter (LA), would severely limit the EPA’s Clean Water Act authority to restrict a project whenever it would have an “unacceptable adverse effect” on surrounding wetlands and waterways.

This follows the EPA’s decision in February to begin a Clean Water Act process to block the proposed Pebble Mine, and an announcement by Pebble investor Rio Tinto on Monday that it was dumping its 19 percent stake in the mine.

PNW Congressional Step up on Bristol Bay

Last Friday 10 members of Congress from Washington and Oregon wrote to the EPA asking them to use their power under the Clean Water Act to protect fishing jobs in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Many of Cascadia’s friends, employees, and customers represent the 14,000 jobs directly tied to the Bristol Bay fishery.  The threat of large scale mining by the Pebble Limited Partnership is a very real thing.  The fact that the Bristol Bay fishery contributes nearly $600 million to the Northwest is also a very real thing.  So let’s thank Congresswoman Bonamici, Congressman Schrader, Blumenauer and DeFazio; for supporting long term sport and commercial fishing jobs over a short term proposal to build the nation’s largest toxic tailings pond at the head of our greatest wild salmon fishery.

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So you ask – Who the heck is my member of congress?

Here is a nice way to say thanks:

DeFazio: @RepPeterDeFazio  – 541-465-6732 Pete on FB

Schrader:  @RepSchrader – (503) 588-9100 Kurt on FB

Bonamici: @RepBonamici – (503) 469-6010 Suzanne on FB

Blumenauer: @repblumenauer – (503) 231-2300 Earl on FB

Anglo American Pulls Out of Pebble

A little something to brighten your Monday morning.  Anglo American is paying its way out of its stake in the proposed Pebble Mine Project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.  Anglo will pay Northern Dynasty Minerals to the tune of $300 million dollars to relinquish its stake in the proposed mine, which has the potential to destroy the most productive salmon fishery in the world.  Big ups to Trout Unlimited and Save Bristol Bay for their hard work in shining a light on what a horrible idea this mining project would be.