Letter to Congress

Posted Monday December 14, 2020 by wf_admin



Dear Members of the United States Congress,

As businesses, trade associations, and conservation groups that are concerned with the future health of the Bristol Bay watershed, we write to you today with an urgent appeal to take meaningful and necessary action to address shocking revelations concerning the companies behind the proposal to build the Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The “Pebble Tapes” reveal a level of undue influence over the Pebble Mine federal permitting process that is unacceptable and endangers outdoor recreation opportunities as well as our bottom lines.

Given these recent revelations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting process has failed to protect the best interest of Americans and Bristol Bay remains at risk of becoming not just an open-pit mine site, but an entire mining district. There are three ways that Congress can take action to restore public trust and protect American jobs, renewable industries, and our domestic food security. We ask that Congress pursue oversight investigations into the permitting process and the Pebble Limited Partnership’s previous testimony to Congress. We urge Congress to pass in the FY 2021 budget bill a restriction on advancement of Pebble’s permit. Finally, we ask all members of Congress to support the Environmental Protection Agency initiating the Clean Water Act section 404(c) process as a long-term solution to ensure full and durable protection of the Bristol Bay region and the thousands of American businesses that depend on it.

For nearly two decades, a diverse set of stakeholders has worked to protect Bristol Bay – one of the last great wild salmon fisheries left in the world. With an average of 40 million sockeye salmon returning to its waters annually, Bristol Bay supplies over 40 percent of the world’s sockeye salmon, provides over 14,000 jobs, and generates $1.5 billion in annual economic activity. As a globally recognized sporting destination, the region also draws tens of thousands of anglers and hunters every year. It is truly unmatched in its biological and economic productivity.

For the last three years, America’s conservation and business communities participated in what we hoped was an honest, transparent, and science-based federal review of the proposed Pebble Mine and its potential impacts to the Bristol Bay watershed. We reviewed all available information and submitted comments in good faith not realizing that we were being lied to. The information revealed in the Pebble Tapes reaffirms our deepest fears and proves that this permitting process has been completely undermined by Pebble’s corruption. In the tapes, Pebble’s executives detail how they have deceived members of Congress, the public, and federal regulators. They reveal Pebble’s real plan of building a 180-year mine versus the 20-year mine plan submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Everything that the Pebble Limited Partnership has told the people of Alaska, the federal government, and our elected officials needs to be heavily scrutinized and the federal permitting process cannot move forward until that has happened. We need a “time out” to ensure that this project does not move forward until all the questions and doubts raised by these recordings have been investigated and answered.
Please take swift action that blocks this corrupt company from wasting any more American taxpayer dollars and restores public confidence in our federal permitting system.

Thank you for your service and your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,

Wildlife Forever- White Bear Lake, MN

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