The following press release is courtesy of Save Bristol Bay:
Today, we have the first chance to formally weigh in on one of Pebble’s major mining permit applications.
In December, Pebble applied for one of the major permits they’ll need to mine in Bristol Bay. Filing for that application is huge news because it brings theircatastrophic proposal one step closer to becoming a reality. Since then, you’ve asked us how you could help – now is your chance.
The December application filing kick-started the federal permitting and environmental review process for Pebble Mine, which is currently looking to develop the first 1.2 billion tons of its nearly 11 billion-ton deposit, and set the stage to turn the Bristol Bay region into an industrial mining district criss-crossed with roads, powerlines, industrial vessels and air traffic. They currently propose a mine and supporting facilities that will run continuously for 20 years, but this is only phase one.
The Corps of Engineers has just opened its first public scoping comment period, where they’ll accept input on what they should take into consideration for creating the Environmental Impact Statement, the lynchpin in the permitting process. This “scoping” comment period is significant because it’s the first time a federal agency has asked us what they should pay attention to as they analyze potential impacts of Pebble’s proposed mine plan.
This includes allowing ALL stakeholders to weigh in on a host of issues that would be impacted by Pebble, including the water quality, fisheries, landscape, businesses, cultures, and airways of the Bristol Bay region, Cook Inlet, and impacted areas of the Kenai Peninsula.
Thank you for weighing in today, and sharing the action link with your friends and contacts.