Target: Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran
Goal: Praise the EPA for protecting Alaska’s wildlife against massive opencast mine
New restrictions set by the Environmental Protection Agency aim to protect Alaska’s environment from the devastating effects of a proposed copper and gold mine. Applaud the EPA for prioritizing the natural ecosystems of Alaska over the corporate greed of Pebble Partnership.
At more than a mile deep, Pebble Mine is slated to be one of the largest opencast mines in the world. An EPA report from earlier this year found that the project would have created large ponds and piles of waste that would irrecoverably damage the state’s largest sockeye salmon fishery as well as disrupt the Native community who lives in the area. In fact, Alannah Hurley, a program manager for the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, stated that, “for the tribal community, everything that makes us who we are was at stake” because of the development of the mine.
For the past decade, environmental groups have battled large mining organization, the Pebble Partnership, and state officials to end the development of this destructive gold and copper mine. The Pebble Partnership sued the EPA earlier this year for opposing the massive mine, saying that their restrictions constitute an attack on states’ rights and hinder the development of Alaska’s economy. Commentators predict that little will come of the lawsuit.
The EPA’s new restrictions will limit dredging and filing related to copper and gold mining in the Bristol Bay area. Although they do not outright ban the mine from being built, complying with the guidelines will probably be far too expensive for the company to proceed.
Sign this petition to thank the EPA for recognizing the importance of protecting the beautiful landscape and natural ecosystem of Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
Dear Mr. McLerran,
Thank you for putting into place new environmental restrictions that will protect Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay against the irreversible devastation that Pebble Mine would have caused. In effect, these new guidelines may well have blocked the project all together.
Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to one of the world’s largest natural sockeye salmon fisheries as well as a number of Native communities who have lived there for centuries. The proposed massive opencast mine would have wreaked havoc on the area’s natural ecosystem and destroyed the beautiful landscape that many call home.
I applaud the EPA for protecting Bristol Bay’s wildlife and urge you not to back down despite overwhelming pressure from the Pebble Partnership and their alliance with the Alaskan state government.
[Your Name Here]
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