We have just been informed that the EPA will be holding a public hearing in Seattle next week Thursday, May 31st on its draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment. This is the only known hearing in the Lower 48, as the others will be held in Alaska the following week. This is an incredibly important opportunity for all anglers and interested parties to voice their opinions and the known facts, and our community needs your support! The rest of 2012 represents possibly the finest chance to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine.
The EPA released its draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment on May 18th and is holding the public hearing to listen to the voiced opinions of interested parties from both sides of the assessment. Pebble Mine would be the biggest open pit gold and copper mine in the world, and generate up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste.
Bristol Bay produces 40 million sockeye salmon every year, supports 14,000 fishing jobs and generates $600 million in revenues from fishing. This is your chance to stand up for the protection of North America’s greatest wild salmon fishery. Help us send the message that Pebble Mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place. For more information on the proposal, you can visit the link below that will direct you to the Save Bristol Bay Website, which has tons of great information including the EPA draft assessment. Thanks so much and please be in attendance if you can to stand up for the Bristol Bay Watershed and its communities.
What: Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Public Hearing
When: Thursday May 31 at 2:00 PM
Where: Jackson Federal Building, North Auditorium
915 Second Street – Seattle, WA