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April 8, 2014 at 6:45 AM

More wise flight from the Pebble Mine project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

A proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine for Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay is a truly bad idea. Yet another investor apparently agrees, and is heading to the exit. Rio Tinto, described in a Wall Street Journal article as a “mining titan,” is handing off its 19 percent share of the proposed Pebble Mine project to two Alaskan…

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Comments | Topics: Pebble Mine, rio tinto, salmon

June 14, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska stirs more opposition

Nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington and Oregon sent a letter this week to President Obama expressing their strong support for protecting the jobs and salmon resources in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

They join five Western senators who earlier sent a letter to the White House stating their grave concerns about the vast mining proposal under review by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The House members – Reps. Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith of Washington, and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader of Oregon – asked the president to “move quickly to protect Bristol Bay from any open pit mining that would threaten the Pacific region’s fishing economy.”

Bristol Bay’s extraordinary fishing resources power commercial fishing and fish processing industries that extend down the West Coast. Add in sport fishing and tourism and the employment and income numbers climb even higher.

They are all alarmed by a proposal to “turn the habitat where these fish spawn into an industrialized hard rock mining zone.”

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Comments | Topics: Bristol Bay, fishing, salmon

June 12, 2013 at 7:10 AM

West Coast senators want Alaska’s Bristol Bay protected

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is collecting public comments through the end of June on a proposed mining operation near Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay. In a pointed letter to President Obama, five West Coast senators expressed their concerns about the fishery resources and regional economic bounty threatened by the massive project. The June 10 letter to…

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Comments | Topics: Alaska, Bristol Bay, Pebble Mine

April 19, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Earth Day tree planting reaches its Acme

The Whatcom Conservation District will note this coming Earth Day with a special event on Saturday adjacent to North Fork Nooksack Creek near Acme, WA. The one-millionth native tree will be planted as part of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in Whatcom County. Earth Day is Monday, but the gathering on Saturday celebrates a milestone for a…

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Comments | Topics: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, salmon, Washington Conservation Commission