Posted: January 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has released their finalized Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, concluding that a gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay area would likely devastate the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
Based on the actual size of the mine, the EPA estimated it could destroy up to 94 miles of streams. That damage would happen just in the pre-mining build-out, according to report authors, and involve 5 to 22 miles of salmon spawning and rearing streams.
Northern Dynasty Minerals – now the sole partner in the Pebble Partnership – called the assessment the “final chapter in a very sad story.”
President & CEO Ron Thiessen said the report doesn’t offer any direct recommendations, and won’t stop the Partnership from continuing to develop plans for a mine in the area. He said: “We believe EPA set out to do a flawed analysis of the Pebble Project, and they certainly succeeded with both their first and second drafts.”