Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine was a campaign that successfully convinced mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American to withdraw from a massive copper/gold mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay that would have caused irreversible harm to the world’s largest wild salmon fishery and the communities that rely on it. The lead groups were Earthworks and Nunamta Aulukestai. Support groups were Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association and NRDC. This victory created political space for the EPA to establish strong standards for mine waste disposal that will make future development virtually impossible. Learn more Here
Earthworks Accepts the Award:
In conjunction with our partners and allies, Earthworks is proud to accept the BENNY award on behalf of the Bristol Bay campaign to protect the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery from destructive mining. Every year, millions upon millions of wild salmon return to Alaska’s Bristol Bay like no place else on earth. Over the last few years, Earthworks, Nunamta Aulukestai, Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, along with other local, state and national allies, have worked diligently to convince two mining giants – Anglo American and Rio Tinto – to withdraw from the proposed Pebble Mine. This effort would not have succeeded without the leadership of local communities, who spoke loud and strong against the Pebble Mine and the irreparable harm it would cause. Earthworks is honored to stand with them, and our partners, in this tremendous victory.