Target: Ron Thiessen CEO, President of Northern Dynasty Minerals
Goal: Stop plans to disfigure Alaskan Bay Region with construction of dirty mine
The President of Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ron Thiessen, plans to build a multi-billion dollar mega-mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The $6 billion dollar project called the Pebble Mine may be the worst corporate attack on America’s natural landscape and resources in decades. If the Pebble Mine is successfully built more than 6,000 acres of wetlands, ponds, lakes and streams would be demolished — making it one of the largest and most expensive wipe-outs of an untouched landscape to date.
Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to a wide variety of wildlife and Native communities that depend greatly on the natural resources that they bay offers. The bay sustains about 46 percent of the entire world’s salmon supply and is home to the wild sockeye salmon — the main food group of Native Alaskan cultures. If built, more than 94 miles of streams would be destroyed, 22 of which are known to provide salmon with a proper spawning and rearing environment. Not only does the Pebble Mine project pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of salmon, rare wildlife and Native Alaskan cultures, but its affects will be felt far beyond the Alaskan region.
Gold and copper mining is an extremely dirty process that is estimated to produce an unprecedented 99 percent waste. Runoff and uncollected leachate always ends up polluting water supplies, even with the invention of modern mining practices. In a recent report, the EPA estimated that the Pebble Mine’s massive runoff could have catastrophic ramifications on the entire nation over time.
Although CEO and President of Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ron Thiessen, has said repeatedly that he doesn’t seek to harm the Alaskan Bay Region his actions speak otherwise. Thiessen has opted to push forward with the Pebble Mine project, stating that the EPA’s reports are ‘flawed’ and ‘poorly executed.’ By signing this petition you’ll tell Ron Thiessen to stop the mega-mine project and to take the concerns of the EPA seriously.
Dear Ron Thiessen,
For years the EPA and other environmental groups have relentlessly warned you of the catastrophic damages your Pebble Mine project could have on our environment. Despite this, you’ve chosen to ignore their concerns and push forward with your multi-billion dollar mega mine without an inkling of solicitude for the wildlife or people that depend so greatly on this largely untouched landscape. The Bristol Bay is a fruitful expanse home to nearly 46 percent of the entire world’s supply of wild salmon and the native Yup’ik and Dena’ina Eskimos. If you follow through with the Pebble Mine project not only will you kill millions of fish and wildlife, but eventually you’ll annihilate native peoples who considerably depend on the bay.
I urge you to understand that the Pebble Mine spells out nothing but trouble in the long run. From our water supply, to the grizzly bears that eat salmon to survive, to the neighboring businesses and parks that surround Alaska’s Bay Region — all would be lost if you built the Pebble Mine.
Leave America’s natural landscapes and resources alone and, for once, think about the planet.
[Your Name Here]
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