Tim Bristol, Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program Director, praised Alaska Senator Mark Begich for opposing the Pebble Mine. In today’s Anchorage Daily News, Sen. Begich said of the Pebble Mine: “I think it will harm the environment, harm the salmon, harm the jobs that are connected to the fisheries industry out there.”
Sen. Begich’s comments come days after the EPA released its final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, which found that the proposed Pebble Mine could destroy up to 94 miles of salmon streams and up to 5,350 acres of the wetlands, ponds, and streams that support one of the world’s best locations for sportfishing.
Tim Bristol: “Hunters and anglers, guides, lodge and sportfishing business owners, and others across Alaska and America are grateful for Sen. Begich’s decision to follow the EPA’s clear science and oppose the Pebble Mine. As he well understands, Pebble is the wrong mine in the wrong place, and is a threat to Alaska’s sportfishing economy. I am hopeful that Senator Begich’s leadership in protecting this sportsman’s paradise will inspire his colleagues to join him and the thousands of fishermen and small business owners nationwide who have also called for action in Bristol Bay.”
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