June 13, 2017
BBNC responds to PLP and AES Regulatory and Technical Services agreement
Anchorage, AK— Today’s announcement from the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) regarding its engagement agreement with AES Regulatory and Technical Services (a division of ASRC Energy Services) is another unfortunate example of PLP’s efforts to misrepresent the opinions of the people of the Bristol Bay region. ASRC, the parent company of AES Regulatory and Technical Services, represents an area of Alaska that is nearly 1,000 miles from Bristol Bay, and its participation in the Pebble Project has no bearing on and is not reflective of the attitudes and interests of the people who will be most affected by the proposed Pebble Mine.
This is not a new story from the PLP and its Canadian owners. Their past efforts to engage with local village corporations resulted in widespread layoffs and caused environmental damage – damage that led the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, just this past April, to require a $2 million financial bond as a condition to PLP’s 2017 Multiple Land Use Permit.
“Kings recently arrived in Bristol Bay. With the arrival of those fish, the people of the region anxiously await another commercial and subsistence fishing season. Our lives and livelihood are based on fishing. We will not allow our economy and culture to be displaced by foreign mining interests. We are and will always be ‘Fish First,'” said Joseph L. Chythlook, the Chairman of the BBNC Board of Directors.
The Bristol Bay region remains overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine. BBNC’s deep-seated opposition to Pebble reflects the determination of our shareholders and Board that the proposed mine, in any economically feasible configuration, would have irreversible detrimental impacts on the waters, fisheries, way of life, and fishing-based economy of the region. We will continue to communicate opposition to this project on behalf of our shareholders, and stand as a bulwark against PLP’s renewed efforts to build what could be North America’s largest open pit mine at the headwaters of the nation’s most prolific and valuable wild sockeye salmon fishery.
About BBNC: 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.