Bristol Bay Bulletin
Where have all our comments gone?
Posted by : Wild For Salmon /
A Pebble Mine Update for Fall
Last spring, like many of our fellow fishing and industry peers, we asked for your help in making our needs and concerns known regarding the Pebble Mine. Together, we sent thousands of comments to the Army Corps of Engineers -- 174,889 to be exact -- asking them to consider the many issues behind the Pebble Limited Partnership’s plan as they compile their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Before the full statement is complete early next year, the Army Corps has released its “Final Scoping Report,” which “documents outreach efforts during the scoping period and summarizes the primary issues of concern and suggested alternatives from the public.” The Army Corps has responded to the near 175k comments in just 37 pages. And leading experts among the opposition organizations declare it to be insufficient:
“This so-called ‘report’ is a shining example of the USACE ignoring socio-economic, cultural, and scientific concerns about the toxic project,” said UTBB Board President Robert Heyano.
Wild for Salmon is committed to protecting Bristol Bay. We are fortunate enough to have a voice within our social media platforms and will do our best to keep our followers up to date. At the time of the release of the Environmental Impact Statement, we will all have another chance to weigh in through public comment. We hope we can count on your support early next year as the process continues.
In the meantime, our friends in peers in the industry are working hard to spread the word, learn new ways to approach the issue and keep us all informed with the latest information. For more Pebble Mine and Bristol Bay news, you might want to follow The Wild Film, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, and Trout Unlimited Alaska.
And, remember, there is always the option to vote for your fork, and eat wild Alaska salmon often - and with friends. We're here to help.