Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed is one of America's last and most important wild places -- an unspoiled Eden of vast tundra, crystal clear streams, and pristine lakes.
Tens of millions of salmon support an abundance of bears, whales, seals and eagles as well as Native communities that have thrived here for thousands of years.
Yet, a consortium of foreign mining companies is planning to dig one of the world's largest open-pit mines -- the Pebble Mine -- in the heart of this pristine ecosystem.
This 2,000-foot-deep, two-mile-long gold and copper mine would have colossal earthen dams that are supposed to hold back some 10 billion tons of mining waste -- despite being built in a known earthquake zone.
The mine would be dug on state land, right next to 1.1 million acres of
our federal public lands. Some risks just aren't worth taking, and the Pebble Mine is one of them. Tell BLM Director Bob Abbey NOT to open our public lands in Bristol Bay to hard rock mining.
Dear Director Bob Abbey,
The Bristol Bay watershed is one of America's most treasured wild places. It is home to a world-renowned salmon fishery that is critical to the survival of Alaska's eagles, brown bears and seals, as well as Alaskan Native communities.
For more than 30 years this unspoiled wilderness has been closed to hardrock mining. I am dismayed that the Bureau of Land Management is still considering a plan that would open up 1.1 million acres of this vital watershed to destructive mining. The plan is especially dangerous because this treasured public land is next to the proposed site of the Pebble Mine, a colossal operation that would generate 10 billion tons of waste and endanger the entire Bristol Bay ecosystem.
Please reject the Resource Management Plan and act now to protect our public lands in the Bristol Bay watershed from mining and destruction. We are depending on you to defend our natural heritage. Thank you.
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