|UFA Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP)
Alaska’s Senator Murkowski needs to hear from Alaska’s fishermen
Prepared by UFA staff for the UFA Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready to rubber stamp the Pebble Mine’s federal permit despite continued opposition from commercial fishermen, seafood processors, Bristol Bay Native Tribes, and businesses around the country.
As of this Friday, April 5th, the Army Corps is 55 days into a 90-day public comment period for Pebble’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - the foundation for the entire federal permitting process. The Army Corps’ Draft EIS is fundamentally flawed, misses important baseline data and details about Pebble’s mine plan, fails to address a large-scale tailings dam failure, and downplays the risk to Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery, including damage to the public’s perception of Bristol Bay Sockeye and the Alaska Seafood brand as a whole.
United Fishermen for Alaska, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, and others are asking the Army Corps to suspend its permitting process until these informational gaps are addressed. So far the Army Corps refuses to respond to the fishing industry’s concerns and continues to rush Pebble’s permit forward. We need Alaska’s elected officials to step in and uphold the rigorous and fair permitting process for Pebble that Alaskans have long been promised.
As fishermen who have invested in Alaska’s fisheries, your voices matter. Whether you fish in Bristol Bay or not, this mine and the way the US Army Corps is pushing it forward without adequate oversight directly threatens us all. Please contact Alaska Senator Murkowski today
and urge her to weigh in and help stop the Army Corps’ Pebble permitting process. The Army Corps’ permitting process is rushed, ignores well-documented science, and jeopardizes our livelihood and the future of Alaska’s fishing industry.
For more information about the Pebble Mine and ways to get involved: www.fishermenforbristolbay.org
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