Bristol Bay Resources By Opposing the Pebble Mine Project
BBNC Board of Directors Passes Resolution to Protect
Anchorage, AK – The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Board of Directors passed a resolution committing to the protection and responsible care of the resources of the Bristol Bay region during their December quarterly Board meeting. Through this commitment, BBNC opposes the development of the Pebble Mine project given the unquantifiable impacts the project could have on the natural resources of the Bristol Bay region.
The action by the Board of Directors continues BBNC’s proactive approach in requesting, gathering and assessing information regarding the proposed mine plan and design, and the impact of the Pebble Mine project, in order to better develop plans that protect Bristol Bay.
“In order to best protect the land of BBNC and the way of life for current and future generations of BBNC shareholders, BBNC must do its part to protect the sustainable natural resources of our region. Maintaining a neutral stance on the Pebble Mine project is no longer in the best interest of the corporation or to the values of cultural and economic sustainability to which we hold ourselves,” said Board Chair Joseph Chythlook, regarding the resolution.
This resolution is a change from the corporation’s proactively neutral position adopted in 2006. BBNC remains engaged in the Pebble Mine project permitting process as an effective advocate on behalf of its shareholders and regional stakeholders.
BBNC is supportive of responsible economic development in the region that is consistent with BBNC shareholder values. This resolution expresses the Board of Directors’ continued emphasis on the proper protection of resources in the Bristol Bay region.
About BBNC: BBNC is one of 13 Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The corporation is a diversified company with investment and business holdings in a stock portfolio and card lock fueling, corrosion inspection, environmental engineering and remediation, oilfield and environmental cleanup labor, construction and surveying and government contracting services.The corporation has over 8,500 Eskimo, Aleut, and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. More information can be found at www.bbnc.net.
Posted: December 14, 2009