A Canadian company — Northern Dynasty Minerals — wants to gouge one of the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mines out of Alaska’s incomparable Bristol Bay wilderness.
No matter how you look at it, the Pebble Mine is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. This colossal mine would be built at the very headwaters of our planet’s greatest wild salmon river systems. If it pollutes them, it will take down not only this world-renowned sockeye salmon fishery but also the awe inspiring ecosystem that depends on it.
-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.