Stop Construction of Ocean-Poisoning Mine Near Native Lands

Target: David L. Bernhardt, United States Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Cease plans to open dangerous mine opposed by environmentalists and Native groups.

The Trump administration has rubber-stamped a plan to open a copper and gold mine in Alaska, in flagrant disregard for widespread concerns from scientists and Native groups. The Pebble Mine, in Bristol Bay, sits dangerously close to Native lands and vital salmon habitats. Those opposed to the mine have pointed to the well-documented risks posed by copper and gold mining, in particular the discharge of toxic chemicals used in extracting and processing the ore. Local groups have pointed out that this will create excessive amounts of toxic chemicals which could poison the bay and the fish within it.

During the Obama era, opposition groups had almost succeeded in killing the project. But, following the documented approval of Army Corps of Engineers, recent changes under the Trump administration have paved the way for it to go ahead. Critics say that their report underestimates the risk and would jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands.

This exploitation of natural heritage and ordinary people’s well-being cannot stand. Sign the petition below to demand that the mine be dropped from consideration.


Dear Secretary Bernhardt,

The effort to open the Pebble Mine, despite the clear risk and uncertain gains for all but a few wealthy individuals, is utterly shameful.

Not only is there no reliable way to confirm that it wouldn’t cause irreparable harm, it’s also very likely to emit noxious fumes and liquids that put the health of humans and wildlife in grave danger and eliminate jobs essential to providing a livelihood for locals.

I demand that you withhold permission for this brutal project. Giving the green light to this kind of destructive greed would be a clear failure of your duty to the American people and the environment.


[Your Name Here]

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