Anglo American has just announced they are divorcing Northern Dynasty in their partnership to develop the Pebble mine.
After five years of debate giant miner Anglo American (LON: AAL) said Monday it is pulling out of its polemic Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, adding it will pay a $300-million "impairment charge" to its partner Northern Dynasty Minerals (TSX: NDM).
"Our focus has been to prioritize capital to projects with the highest value and lowest risks within our portfolio, and reduce the capital required to sustain such projects during the pre-approval phases of development as part of a more effective, value-driven capital allocation model," he (CEO Mark Cutifani) said in the press release.
Speak up to the EPA sportsmen and women. We need your comments before the May 31st deadline. Bristol Bay's salmon economy and culture are too valuable to risk large scale mining in the area. It takes 1-minute to send a comment.
This may be our last chance to save the best we have left.
The Clean Water Act grants the EPA authority to protect these salmon and the 14,000 jobs that depend on them, by disallowing the Pebble Mine to go forward. You can help give voice to Bristol Bay, Alaska by submitting a comment in SUPPORT of the US EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. Give them and President Obama the courage they need to stand up for Bristol Bay. You will be heard. Public comments open through May 31, 2013. Go here: ow.ly/kAsdF.
The odds are very high that the last time you ate sockeye salmon, it came from the pristine waters of Bristol Bay. Fully half of all the sockeye at market in the world today come from here, where the runs of fish are as strong as they have been since The Beginning. Approximately 80% of Bristol Bay residents, as well as national commercial and sport fishing industries, oppose development of the proposed Pebble Mine because of catastrophic risks it poses to their rich salmon-based economy, culture, and spirit.
"We can be the first to do it right, or the last to do it wrong." Take it from us at Fly Out - Bristol Bay is one of the last sacred places. Let's not compromise this special ecosystem. Take action today at www.savebristolbay.org/takeaction.
Unfortunately, Bristol Bay's water and fish are currently threatened by development of the proposed Pebble Mine. That's why you've seen an unprecedented group of allies come together to oppose Pebble and ask for special protections for Bristol Bay's fish, wildlife and existing jobs.
We need the fishing and hunting community to speak up for Bristol Bay! More than 500 hunting and fishing businesses and group, tribes, jewelers, 200 chefs and restaurants, and 75 plus commercial fishing organizations have banded together in opposition to Pebble and are actively working to put protections in place for Bristol Bay. This is your chance to help ensure that Bristol Bay's incredible fishing opportunities are around for future generations of sportsmen and women to experience and enjoy.
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The other day I tagged our recommended lodges and adventures on the Trout Unlimited and Renewable Resource Coalition map that outlines the "Potential Mining Footprint on Bristol Bay's Wild Salmon and Trout Waters". It is clear from this image that the Alaska sport fishing and adventure community has a stake (responsibility) in protecting this region. For one area to support the lodge density and the number of reputable operations (indicated by the blue bubbles), it is obvious there are incredible fishing opportunities in this area - not to mention wildlife viewing, flightseeing, photography, etc. Many of these lodges fly out to the Nushagak River to fish it's famous King Salmon run in June and early July. Some of them fish locally right on the Kvichak River for giant rainbows. These are the drainages at risk.
Even if you've never visited Bristol Bay, stand up for a truly sacred place - where you can enjoy clean water, fresh air, and all the wild things that make Alaska special. You can help by going to savebristolbay.org/take-action. Do it today!
Many of us in the Alaska fishing community are doing whatever we can to help stop the proposed Pebble Mine threatening the Bristol Bay watershed. Fly Out ambassador, Bob White, is no different. BobWhite Studio will donate 25% of print sales to the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska to help stop the Pebble Mine.
As many of you know, the proposed Pebble Mine threatens Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed, a complex system of rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands that supports the most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world.