Name of campaign: Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine
Lead Group(s): Earthworks and Nunamta Aulukestai
Support Group(s): AIFMA and NRDC
The Pebble campaign sought to convince Anglo American and Rio Tinto, the two major mining companies involved in the proposed Pebble Mine, to withdraw from the project. We targeted investors, shareholders and senior executives of the company with one simple message: the Pebble Mine is simply too risky. The Pebble Mine, a massive copper/gold mine proposed at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, would cause irreversible harm to the world’s largest wild salmon fishery and the communities that rely on it. Our campaign sought to stop Pebble by convincing the two major mining companies to pull out. Anglo American and Rio Tinto withdrew from the proposed Pebble Project in September 2013 and April 2014, respectively – leaving the project without financial resources for development. With the departure of Rio Tinto and Anglo American, Pebble no longer has the financial resources to develop the mine, providing additional opportunity for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to put in place more lasting protection. In July 2014, the EPA released its plan for protecting the salmon fishery by using its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to place restrictions on mine waste disposal in the Bristol Bay watershed. A final decision, which is expected in early 2015, will stop the proposed Pebble Mine and protect the largest wild salmon fishery on Earth and the Alaska Native communities who rely on it.
Check out their campaign website: www.ourbristolbay.com