Forum Post: This is The Choice Alaskans/Americans Have To Make - COPPER and GOLD or, SALMON and CLEAN WATER
Posted 4 years ago on July 26, 2012, 4:21 a.m. EST by Odin
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Some of you know that I have been visiting family in Alaska for the past few weeks. While here in AK I originally decided not to post any threads during my time here, mostly because I wanted to devote my limited time to family. My kids wanted me to stay longer too, which I am sure some of you here find unbelievable (me too lol), due to the honest differences I have had with some of the posters here recently. However, I have changed my mind with this thread due to the importance of this issue, and also due to being here in AK while this controversy is brewing.
What is shaping up to be the biggest enviromental battle since oil was discovered on The North Slope in th '60s is the Pebble Mine debate. The proposed open-pit copper mine will be the 5th largest in the world, and the biggest gold mine in the world, and it will be be built by a consortium of international corporations under the name, "Pebble Partnership."
This is the problem in a 'nutshell.' Bristol Bay (near the mine) is the largest natural sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The proposed copper mine will be the fifth largest in the world, and it will also have the largest gold mine in the world. If completed, the pit will be approximately 4,000 feet deep, and 2.5 miles wide. It will produce 10 billion tons of waste, or 3,000 lbs. for every man, woman, and child on earth. This waste will be stored behind dams 740 feet high, or as tall as the Goden Gate Bridge. Check out the links for the rest of the story.
This is a short clip that is very informative. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-KB7TJYjSI
This 54 min. doc aired on Frontline a couple of days ago. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/alaska-gold/
This is what we can do to stop this project. http://www.savebristolbay.org/?gclid=CMWDtOX2trECFeUaQgodbiQAxw