Statement from American Rivers President Bob Irvin on the Corps of Engineers decision to delay Pebble Mine permit

August 24, 2020

Contact: Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers, 720-373-0864

(Washington, DC) – Statement of American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin:

“We welcome today’s announcement by the Corps of Engineers to hit the pause button on deciding whether to permit Pebble Mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. While we would prefer that the Corps had simply denied the permit given the existential threat that Pebble Mine poses to the greatest wild salmon fishery left on the planet, requiring the company to provide further information on how it plans to mitigate the serious threat posed by the mine to the irreplaceable fishery is a step in the right direction. One cannot put a price on how important the Bristol Bay fishery is to Alaskan Native communities, commercial fishers, sport fishers, and every American who treasures wild rivers and thriving ecosystems. Hopefully today’s announcement will mark the beginning of the end of a mining project that should have been killed years ago. We will continue to support our colleagues in the conservation, fishing, and Alaskan Native communities who have worked tirelessly to fight this devastating project until we are confident that the Pebble Mine is dead for once and for all.”

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