BBNC Statement regarding the EPA beginning the process to protect Bristol Bay fishery
Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Metrokin has released the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that they are beginning a process under the Clean Water Act to protect the Bristol Bay fishery from the potential destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble mine:
“Bristol Bay Native Corporation appreciates that EPA will identify appropriate options to protect Bristol Bay from the risks Pebble poses. While BBNC supports responsible development, including mining, the science has shown that the proposed Pebble mine presents unacceptable risks to Bristol Bay salmon, people and existing economies. BBNC shareholders and area residents overwhelmingly agree. We will continue to focus on ending the threat of the proposed Pebble mine and on creating other appropriate economic opportunities and jobs.”
Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA), BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,400 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.