By Robert Heyano– June 26, 2014
As Bristol Bay has prepared for the new fishing season, the cloud of uncertainty continues to loom over us as the battle to protect our fish and way of life from large-scale mines like Pebble drags on into its second decade. In the past few weeks, we have seen Sen. Lisa Murkowski endorse legislative efforts to change the Clean Water Act to restrict the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address pollution before it happens. We have seen our state government join the Pebble Partnership in federal litigation to forcibly end the Section 404(c) process happening now in Bristol Bay. Finally, we have seen Pebble hire a new Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist as their new CEO who is presently engaged in a national campaign to disparage and discount the people who call Bristol Bay home.
Throughout these events, our communities have stood steadfast in the effort to protect Bristol Bay. One would hope that our region’s position is as clear as our waters: This type of development isn’t welcome here. Yet in spite of the science and the will of the people, our elected officials continue to favor foreign mining companies and destructive development projects.