A large open-pit mine right at the headwaters poses a significant risk
“It is a hugely important fishery, and having a large open-pit mine right at the headwaters poses a significant risk, and it is one that the people in the region are unwilling to accept.”
BBNC’s opposition to Pebble reflects our Board’s determination that the proposed mine, in any economically feasible configuration, would have irreversible detrimental impacts on the waters, fisheries, wildlife, people, lifestyle and fishing-based economy of the region.
BBNC opposes the proposed Pebble mine. Our position is grounded in BBNC’s “Fish First” value, our corporate commitment to protect the fish that have sustained our culture for thousands of years, and the economic foundation of the Bristol Bay region—the commercial and sport fisheries—for the last hundred years.
“BBNC does not otherwise oppose mining development. Pebble Mine is simply different. In any configuration, the mine is too big and will be located in too important of a location. It poses unacceptable risks to the salmon resource and, consequently, the subsistence lifestyle and economic interests of our shareholders.“
– Jason Metrokin, President & CEO, BBNC