|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018
Bristol Bay leaders outraged at inadequate review process for proposed Pebble Mine
Though the USACE claims they have reviewed the permit for “completeness,” the application packet lacks even the most fundamental information needed to review to the Pebble Project, including: engineering designs for mine infrastructure that will industrialize the 80-square-mile area that currently supports salmon habitat for both the Nushagak and Kvichak drainages; baseline environmental data for major mine components including a lengthy road from Iliamna Lake to Amakdedori Bay on Cook Inlet; a water management plan detailing the volume of water to be used from the North Fork Koktuli, South Fork Koktuli and Upper Talarik Creek, and changes to water quality and temperature in those salmon streams.
The absence of this critical information led several local organizations to directly request the USACE halt the environmental review process until regulators have a truly complete application to review. These local organizations received only form letters in response from the USACE, which meanwhile says it plans to publish a scoping report in July, and come out with a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) during the winter of 2019.
During the public comment period on the scoping of the environmental review, thousands of Alaskans and Americans concerned about Bristol Bay submitted substantive comments about the incomplete application and mine plan, and detailed extensive concerns with the environmental review process so far.
Statement of Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. CEO Norm Van Vactor:
Statement of Bristol Bay Native Association President Ralph Andersen:
Statement of Bristol Bay Native Corporation CEO Jason Metrokin:
The Army Corps of Engineers’ scoping process has done nothing to change our belief that Pebble Mine is, and always will be, the wrong mine in the wrong place. We urge the Army Corps of Engineers to demand concrete details from Pebble Limited Partnership, and to not fast track a mine that still has so many unanswered questions. Bristol Bay and the economy and way of life it supports are too important to risk to a mine like Pebble.
Statement of Nunamta Aulukestai Interim Executive Director Myrtice Evalt:
Statement of United Tribes of Bristol Bay President Robert Heyano:
The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation exists to promote economic growth and opportunities for Bristol Bay residents through sustainable use of the Bering Sea fisheries.
Bristol Bay Native Association is the regional nonprofit tribal consortium service providerproviding social, economic, and educational opportunities to tribal members.
Bristol Bay Native Corporation 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, BBNC works to protect the land in Bristol Bay, celebrate the legacy of its people, and enhance the lives of its shareholders.
Nunamta Aulukestai is a coalition of Alaska Native Village Corporations and tribes in the Bristol Bay region dedicated to protecting the Bristol Bay watershed from unsustainable development.
The United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium representing 15 Bristol Bay tribal governments (that represent over 80 percent of the region’s total population) working to protect the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq way of life in Bristol Bay.
June 27, 2018