FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2020
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BBNC on the Army Corps Rejecting Pebble Mine: The Voices of Bristol Bay Have Prevailed
ANCHORAGE, AK – Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) President and CEO Jason Metrokin made the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed Pebble mine “cannot be permitted.” BBNC has formally opposed Pebble since 2009. Recent shareholder surveys show that over 75% of BBNC shareholders oppose Pebble and more than 85% are concerned about the risks it poses to Bristol Bay’s fisheries.
“Today’s action indicates the Army Corps of Engineers, President Trump and Alaska’s Senators have listened to science, local voices, and common sense. We are grateful they are reaching the same conclusion as the many voices across the ideological spectrum that have recently spoken up about the project: that Pebble is the wrong mine for Bristol Bay.”
“The real winners of today’s decision are the people of our region. The future of Bristol Bay is more secure because local stakeholders have been unwavering in their efforts to disclose the true impacts this project would cause to the region’s fisheries, fishing-based economy and subsistence way of life.”
“Though today’s announcement is welcome news, it is not the end of the journey. While BBNC supports responsible resource development, the proposed Pebble mine has never, even after decades of planning and outreach, been able to prove that it can be built and operated without causing significant degradation to the Bristol Bay region and its fisheries. We appreciate the Corps’ announcement today about Pebble and will continue our work to find other, more responsible economic opportunities for the region and our shareholders.”