In response to a recent opinion article by Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier ("Pebble criticisms lack context"): Yes, there are plenty of ongoing specific, technical concerns related to the economics, engineering and environmental implications of Pebble. But mine opposition ultimately comes down to one point: Unless we also all agree to trust cats not to eat mice, or used-car salesmen on why to disregard the "check engine" light, there is simply no way we can trust Tom Collier's baseless confidence that their "project will do no harm to the Bristol Bay fishery."
The people of the Bristol Bay region have been talking with Pebble and Northern Dynasty Minerals for more than a decade. The highly paid, non-Alaskan employees of these corporations ignore what they don't want to hear, which is that Bristol Bay is no place for their mine. I'm sure they can engineer something to the best standards possible, though if they will is another story. But even if they did, they still can't guarantee it won't harm the Bristol Bay fishery when unearthing minerals known to harm salmon, in a wet, earthquake-prone region, using toxic chemicals, in a mine plan that spans multiple miles of the headwaters of Bristol Bay — and will grow.
The devil isn't in the details here. It's in the whole idea. I ask those involved in the Pebble project to please listen to the people of the region, whose culture and jobs rely on the fish-based resources of the region, and the majority of Alaskans, and go home.
— Hannah LaCroix
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