Army Corps of Engineers pushes Pebble Mine forward with deeply flawed EIS

The proposed site for Alaska’s Pebble mine, at the headwaters of the rivers that empty into Bristol Bay. Credit: jsear | Flickr

ANCHORAGE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has cleared the way for the Pebble Mine project to move forward after releasing a rushed and inadequate Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed mine today.

Verner Wilson III, senior oceans campaigner for Friends of the Earth and a member of Curyung Tribal Council in Bristol Bay, Alaska issued the following statement in response:

Pebble Mine will harm Bristol Bay’s environment and devastate the indigenous communities that rely on the area’s rich natural resources. The wild sockeye salmon population could be destroyed and local economies ruined, while corporate polluters rake in millions in profit.

Instead of listening to the people and to scientific experts, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Trump Administration are barreling forward with this climate and community-destroying project. We urge Senators Murkowski and Sullivan and their colleagues in the House to hold the Army Corps of Engineers accountable for failing to protect Bristol Bay’s people and environment over greedy corporate interests.

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Contact: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, ejensen@foe.org

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