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Pebble Bulletin – Statement Re: Senator Begich’s Position

 
 

Statement regarding U.S. Senator Begich’s Position on Pebble

The Pebble Partnership issued the following statement regarding the announcement by U.S. Senator Mark Begich that he has come out against the Pebble Project.

“We are disappointed that Senator Begich has come out against thousands of new jobs, hundreds of millions in state revenue, and potentially billions in economic activity for Alaska. We also are stunned that an Alaskan Senator supports the EPA—a federal agency acting unilaterally—to make decisions about future development on state land in Alaska. Finally, it is no secret that there is a substantial difference of opinion regarding the science of EPA’s recent Bristol Bay Assessment. Not many Alaskans think EPA is impartial. There is a process required by statute for resolving such scientific differences of opinion--the state and federal permitting process under NEPA (the National Environmental Policy Act). Today’s announcement by the Senator helps those trying to keep us from using that statutory process which includes active state participation. There is no environmental harm whatsoever that will be caused by allowing Pebble into that process.

“An analysis by the Lake and Peninsula Borough estimated that Pebble’s exploration activity alone accounted for nearly 25% of the jobs in the Borough. There remain many who support a fair evaluation of the economic potential of this project via a fair and science based permitting process.”

 

What Does This Mean?

Here are two recent editorials that offer perspective on EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, and what it may mean for mining in Alaska. They bear consideration, particularly if you believe that modern mining is vital for the economic future of Alaska and America:

"The EPA and the Pebble Project" at The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

"The Death of Mining" at NetRights Daily 

 

What Can You Do?

Please consider writing to Senator Begich to let him know your views about his change of position about Pebble from one of supporting due process for the project once it has filed for permits to one of opposition based upon the flawed EPA report.

Contact Senator Mark Begich at:
Senator Mark Begich
111 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3004

Or via the Senator’s web contact form

 

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