Foreign mining companies — including Northern Dynasty and Rio Tinto — want to gouge one of the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mines out of Alaska’s incomparable Bristol Bay wilderness.
Near my home in Utah, Rio Tinto's massive Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the biggest man-made excavations on Earth and has rendered a large area of local groundwater too polluted for human consumption. Now, Rio Tinto and Northern Dynasty want to build an even bigger mine — the Pebble Mine — at the headwaters of our planet's greatest wild salmon river systems. It's an environmental tragedy waiting to happen.
-Robert Redford, Conservationist and NRDC Trustee
The Pebble Mine would be gouged out of an American paradise — filled with salmon, bears, moose, caribou, wolverines and whales — that has sustained Native communities for thousands of years.
This gargantuan gold and copper operation would produce an estimated 10 billion tons of contaminated waste — 3,000 pounds for every person on Earth. All this in an active earthquake zone at the headwaters of the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world. The threat to Bristol Bay just below is undeniable.
Our worldwide campaign has already generated more than one million petitions against the Pebble Mine.
Here are a few recent developments: