Alaskans for Bristol Bay is a grassroots organization of citizens concerned about the potential destruction of Bristol Bay’s commercial and sports fishing industry as well as the overall subsistence impact that would be caused by the development of the Pebble Mine.
The Pebble Prospect is the most consequential development issue facing the planet today. The largest gold mine and 5th largest copper mine, sitting squarely on top of an existing renewable resource - the largest wild salmon fishery left on earth. Every large copper mine has significantly degraded surrounding waters and none has ever been developed in such a unique ecosystem. And Pebble is just the trigger that starts a much greater mining district in this sensitive environment. As the map in the supporting materials dramatically shows, if Pebble Mine is permitted, there is another 1000 square miles of mining claims filed in anticipation of Pebble going forward. And beyond even that, there are almost 2000 square miles of defined mining potential directly above Bristol Bay on BLM Lands that the mining industry is pursuing the rights to develop once the Pebble Project is permitted. The controversy/concern of this specific environmental battle is that Bristol Bay will be one large mining district with many, many mining companies digging dirt around most of the hundreds of salmon spawning streams – all with NO tolerance for a toxic incident.