NWF, Sage, Orvis and Sportsmen Around Country Say “NO!” to Pebble Mine

A Bear and a Fisherman Both Enjoy Bristol Bay Fishing - photo credit Jim Wagner

Yesterday, 363 sport groups and businesses sent a letter to Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, asking her to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay region and its world class fishing and hunting from the proposed Pebble Mine. National Wildlife Federation and some of its state affiliates were a part of that letter.

We thanked Administrator Jackson for beginning a scientific assessment of the area’s watershed to determine if large-scale mining is compatible with the fish and wildlife of the region.  But the evidence is already clear–putting a mine that will generate billions of tons of toxic waste rock in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay region will put the entire region’s ecosystem at risk.  So the letter urges Adminstrator Jackson to veto the project NOW!

Orvis, Sage and Simms as well as many other prominent sporting businesses signed on to the letter, which points out that “sport fishing in Bristol Bay generates $60 million annually” and that anglers “support more than 800 full‐ and part‐time jobs.” “Despite the remote nature of the region and the costs associated with traveling to it, on a yearly basis up to 65,000 visitors come to Bristol Bay for recreational opportunities to fish, hunt, and view wildlife.”

The Bristol Bay watershed is second to none, and sportsmen across the country agree that it is America’s job to protect that fishery and the people and wildlife that depend on it.  Administrator Jackson can make that happen by vetoing industrial mining in the watershed.