Trump and EPA head Pruitt just reversed the protection of Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon rivers. Please write your politicians and letters to the editor to protest this. Pruitt is approving a mine that will produce 10 million tons of mining waste at the headwaters of the watershed. Native-Americans, Alaskans, fishermen, and enviros oppose the Pebble mine.
"Bristol Bay is a critical wild salmon fishery, providing 46 percent of the world's supply of wild sockeye salmon, according to the NRDC. Its fishery is worth $1.5 billion a year, and it provides habitat for 29 fish species, 40 terrestrial mammal species, and 190 bird species."
70,000 citizens and the The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness group pressured the federal governement to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from sulfide mining leases! The denying an extension of the leases. Mining pollutes the lakes and rivers which are vital for drinking water, wildlife, and native tribe wild rice cultivation.
Using native sovereign treaty rights plus educating local people about the threats to water quality, wetlands, fish, wildlife, and rice beds, natives stopped the huge Gogebic Taconite iron mine in northern Wisconsin. Pro-mining forces gave $ 15 million to Gov. Walker and legislators. The company got to write a new state law that would allow mining waste to be dumped into wetlands. They got Walker to fire the 66 staffers at the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. Walker tried to appoint the mining company flack to the state DNR. The mine's owner Chris Cline, has given $1.5 million to Illinois politicians including the Illinois Governor, House Speaker, and Supreme court Justice. His coal companies have 8,000 federal safety violations since 2004. Two other large iron mines were stopped by Ojibwe tribes with alliances with environmental groups and local citizens. So mines and oil drilling can be stopped by campaigning together, especially when you start early. The giant Pebble mine in Alaska, is also being held up by the EPA, which says that it would destroy the last intact salmon ecosystem. Pollution and failure to obtain consent of the local communities leads to resistance. Communities form coalitions, do education, file legal cases, and do blockades. link
Proposed nickel-copper-sulfide mines threaten the rivers, Lake Superior, wildlife, and the Chippewa native communities. Over 1,000 acres of wetlands would be destroyed, and the fish and wild rice would be threatened. Also, oppose a land swap of federal national forest to become state land that would primarily logged and mined for profit without concern for wildlife, fish, forest, or recreation. LINK