Stop the Pebble Mine!

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Apr 11, 2012
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Chikaminuk Lake | Photo via NRDC

Foreign Companies Threaten an American Paradise with 10 Billion Tons of Mining Waste.

Despite overwhelming local opposition, foreign mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto are pressing forward with plans to build a gargantuan, open-pit gold and copper mine above Alaska’s Bristol Bay — threatening the world’s greatest sockeye salmon runs and the very last 284 beluga whales of Cook Inlet.

This video, narrated by Robert Redford, tells the story:

Near my home in Utah, Rio Tinto’s massive Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the biggest man-made excavations on Earth and has rendered a large area of local groundwater too polluted for human consumption. Now, the Rio Tinto and Anglo American companies want to build an even bigger mine — the Pebble Mine — at the headwaters of our planet’s greatest wild salmon river systems. It’s an environmental tragedy waiting to happen. ~ Robert Redford, Conservationist and NRDC Board Member

Here’s what’s at stake:

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.

[Source: NRDC Save Biogems]

Your Voice Counts!

Sign the NRDC Petition today and tell these two corporations not to build a mega-mine against the will of local citizens.

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Photos via NRDC Save Biogems.

* originally posted on I Count for myEARTH.


About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


3 Responses to “Stop the Pebble Mine!”

  1. Jill Barth says:

    I posted this to the elephant green Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!

    Jill Barth, Green Editor
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  2. Yes! Thanks you for sharing and alerting us about this.