Bristol Bay is one of the finest fishing destinations on Earth and efforts to protect it from the proposed Pebble Mine have been going on for years.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is rapidly moving ahead with a permitting process that would allow a mine that threatens Bristol Bay to begin operations.
Conservationists from across the country have asked that the permitting process be halted until the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is complete. Most agree that it’s a common-sense decision to finish the research before the permits are issued. Unfortunately, the USACE show no sign of stopping.
Last week, we got some good news. Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced an amendment that would require the USACE to halt the permitting process. It’s the only way to ensure a thorough, comprehensive review to match this outstanding natural resource.
This amendment is a last resort to protect Bristol Bay and the $1.5 billion recreational and commercial fishing economy that supports 14,000 jobs. This amendment will ensure that critical components that were left out of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be included and that the total impact of the mine is considered.
Take Action today and ask your Representative to vote YES for Amendment #63 on H.R. 2740.