Another Nail in the Pebble Mine Coffin
Today, on the eve of the release of our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, we are pleased to share that the Bristol Bay Rivers in Alaska are one step closer to a full victory over the Pebble Mine. Yesterday, Rio Tinto, a global mining company, announced that it would be divesting its 19.1% interest in the Pebble Mine Project, and donating its shares to the Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation.
Following Anglo American’s departure from the project last September, this means that no company who has done any mining is actually still invested in the project at this time.
You’ll recall that the rivers of Bristol Bay were listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011, due to the potential water contamination that would likely result from a massive gold and copper mine, if built. Then recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be initiating a process under the Clean Water Act to identify appropriate options for protecting the vitally important salmon runs in this area.
This latest move by Rio Tinto doesn’t mean the project is dead, but it is certainly one more nail in the coffin for Pebble Mine. We are hoping that the EPA uses its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the project for good.
Please join us in telling EPA to use their authority under the Clean Water Act to stop Pebble Mine permanently!
Also, join us tomorrow to see what other projects should be on your radar, with the release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! See you then!