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June 6, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Bristol Bay construction

Protect jobs

Your editorial about Bristol Bay and the Pebble copper mine was biased and naive [“Editorial: Protect Bristol Bay,” Opinion, June 2].

The environment absolutely needs protection, but people need jobs, too. You completely ignored a study that shows Pebble could create 16,000 high-paying jobs across the country, and because the supplies would mostly be shipped through Seattle, many jobs would be created right here.

You also ignored the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which guarantees the federal government won’t decide for many years whether the project should be built. Between now and then, the developers have to apply for permits and prove to regulators that the project won’t hurt the salmon runs and commercial fishing industry of Southwestern Alaska. No proof, no permits, no mine.

Your editorial also left out the way environmental groups are lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore the lawful process and issue a “pre-emptive veto” before Pebble submits a permit application. Why are they afraid of the NEPA process? If the project is really as scary as the activists claim, it has zero chance of getting through NEPA review and lawsuits from environmental groups.

Kelsey Arias, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Alaska, Bristol Bay, copper

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