Despite overwhelming local opposition, foreign mining giant Rio Tinto is pressing forward with plans to build a gargantuan, open-pit gold and copper mine above Alaska's Bristol Bay -- threatening the world's greatest sockeye salmon runs and the very last 284 beluga whales of Cook Inlet.
Rio Tinto insists that "Good community relations are necessary for our business success."
But here's the ugly truth: This London-based company is risking environmental disaster over the objections of the people who depend on Bristol Bay for their survival.
Rio Tinto is holding their annual shareholder meeting during the week before Earth Day, so the time is right to turn up the heat and expose their broken promises. Sign the petition today and tell them not to build a mega-mine against the will of local citizens!
It is time to live up to your commitment to respect the communities where you do business.
An overwhelming majority of Bristol Bay residents do not want your Pebble Mine and the billions of tons of waste it will produce.
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They have even passed a Save Our Salmon initiative that bans large-scale, destructive projects like yours. Yet you persist in bulldozing your way into Bristol Bay -- against the will of the people.
Please face the facts: for local Native communities and fishermen, the awe-inspiring beauty and bounty of Bristol Bay is far more valuable than gold. I write to you in solidarity with them, in total opposition to your mega-mine.
When your shareholders meet in April, I and millions of others will be watching to see if you honor your promise to local communities or continue to break it.
It is time for Rio Tinto to take No for an answer.
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