Press Release, July 9, 2020:
New Stop Pebble Mine Campaign Announces Polling Showing 62% Opposition to Pebble in Alaska
Ad campaign on digital and television to launch in the coming weeks
Today, a coalition of organizations working to protect Bristol Bay launched a new media and grassroots campaign – Stop Pebble Mine. The campaign is a project of the Bristol Bay Defense Fund, a partnership between SalmonState, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Wild Salmon Center, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, Businesses for Bristol Bay, and others who have joined together at this critical moment for the Bristol Bay defense effort.
The Stop Pebble Mine campaign released new polling data today showing that 62 percent of Alaskans oppose the construction of the Pebble Mine. This poll of likely Alaska voters was conducted earlier this month by David Binder Research and shows clearly and overwhelmingly that the people of Alaska know this project is wrong for the state. A polling memo is attached.
Permitting for the proposed mega-mine continues to rush forward despite widespread local opposition. “The people of Bristol Bay have been clear: we will not jeopardize our home by allowing Pebble Mine to be built. Although the federal government has ignored the voices of Bristol Bay to date, we remain united in our overwhelming opposition and appreciate the support of 62 percent of Alaskans who agree that this project is too toxic for our region. It’s time for the government to listen. Together, we can stop Pebble Mine.” said Alannah Hurley, Executive Director of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay.
To date, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has ignored and marginalized those who would be directly impacted by the proposed mine. The Stop Pebble Mine campaign will focus on elevating the voices of impacted communities and businesses that oppose Pebble and its 10 billion tons of toxic waste that would pollute Bristol Bay for generations to come. The campaign will also run a series of paid advertising efforts including paid digital campaigns, print advertising campaigns and a television campaign in the Anchorage market will run throughout the summer.
A Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project is expected shortly, at which point the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can veto the Pebble Mine permits on environmental grounds.
“Summer in Alaska is a busy time where folks are out enjoying all that our state has to offer. We fear that the federal government will use that as an opportunity to push forward this mine under a cloud of secrecy. It is critical that Alaskans know what is going on and how close the Pebble Mine is to becoming a reality. Alaskans need the Environmental Protection Agency to do their duty to protect clean air and water and veto the Pebble Mine project,” said Tim Bristol, Executive Director of SalmonState.
“The people of Bristol Bay reject this proposed mine that would foul their waters, wreck their salmon fishery and contaminate their communities. But the Army Corps is flatly ignoring the Tribes, native corporations, commercial fishermen and businesses and putting their whole way of life at risk. This move by the Corps defies science, reason and justice. There’s a mountain of evidence that Pebble Mine is not economically feasible and would be environmentally disastrous. We won’t let this unfair process stand,” said Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Deputy Director of NRDC’s Marine Mammal Protection Project.
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