The Pebble Mine has the potential to permanently and irreversibly damage the salmon runs on which the bears of the Alaska Peninsula rely. The current proposal for the Pebble Mine includes:
An open pit mine 1 mile wide and a quarter-mile deep
Destruction of over 3,000 acres of wetlands and more than 21 miles of salmon streams at the mine site itself, plus the destruction of at least an additional 1,000 acres of wetlands and impacts to hundreds of other salmon streams due to road and pipeline construction
Construction of a massive tailings storage facility, treatment ponds, and associated dams and embankments that will block salmon streams and potentially inundate the streams with polluted water;
Construction of a private 83-mile long two lane road with more than 200 stream crossings and 8 large bridges;
Development of an ice-breaker barge system across Lake Iliamna with two lakeside terminals;
Development of a large private port facility on Cook Inlet near salmon streams and extending more than 4 miles into the inlet waters and known habitat for sea otters, beluga whales, humpback whales, and seals;
Construction and operation of a 230-megawatt power plant (with two additional 2mw plants at the port) approximately 15 miles upwind from Lake Clark National Park;
Construction of a 188 mile long natural gas pipeline over land and under the Cook Inlet and Iliamna Lake;
At closure of the mine after 20 years of intended operation, the proposal includes the backhaul of 1.1 billion tons of tailings waste into the pit, to be monitored and maintained in perpetuity.
If you have enjoyed my recent bear photos, please watch this video regarding the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska:
Please consider calling or writing to Gov. Dunleavy, Sen. Murkowski, and Sen. Sullivan and expressing your concern about the EPA’s reversal of position on the protection of salmon and the viability of the Pebble Mine.