Are you getting tired of all the half-truths and scare tactics of the opponents of the Pebble Mine in South West Alaska? It is indeed a shame how far these extreme environmentalists will stoop to in order to sway public opinion. They are supporting these half-truths and scare tactics with the millions of dollars they have been pouring into Alaska media for many years.
The Pebble Mine, if permitted by the state and Federal government, has great potential for Alaska’s economy, work force and income to the state treasury. It holds 80 Billion pounds of Copper, 5.6 Billion pounds of Molybdenum, and over 10 Million ounces of gold plus large amounts of silver and palladium.
The Pebble Mine will diversify the regional economy with 2000 construction jobs for two years and over 1000 highly skilled, high wage operational jobs and many business opportunities. Mining in Alaska is the highest paid work force in the state with an average of $80,000 per person. Truthfully, it should be pointed out that when one looks at fishing in Alaskan waters, 46% of crew members are NOT Alaskans and 74% of seafood processors are NOT Alaskan residents.
The big question opponents to the Pebble Mine raise is, “Can the mine be developed without harm to the environment and the two small creeks that are near the mine site?”
The Pebble Mine must receive approval from 12 state agencies and receive 67 permits before any approval for development of the mine can be undertaken. Federal approval is also necessary. Responsible, environmental mining is mandatory and the Pebble Mine must not only be permitted before start-up but every facet of the operation and the eventual shut down and restoration of the land will be monitored daily by all these agencies.
To meet all these permitting requirements, the Pebble Partnership has spent over $100 million, year to date, and is spending $73 million again this summer on environmental and social-economic studies. They are forced by the permitting process to develop a comprehensive project plan that is environmentally sound and responsible.
Alaska’s Clean Water Act is one of the most stringent in the world and to meet Alaska’s strict environmental standards the Pebble Partnership has on board over 50 environmental consulting firms and more than 500 environmental scientists from around the world.
Alaska has proven over the years that successful mining is possible with the Red Dog Mine, the Fort Knox Mine and the big Green’s Creek Mine and either the Pebble Mine will meet all the provisions of Alaska’s Clean Water Act and a multitude of many more safe environmental requirements or it will not happen.
If the Pebble Mine can meet all those safe guards for our land and our water in Alaska over the next three years, then it will create a huge opportunity for many Alaskans and over the next fifty years it will be give a major boost to our Southwest Alaska, Kenai Peninsula and our Alaskan economy.
Think About It! JCD 7/7/10