An Important Win for Nature

From The New York Times. November 25, 2020

Alaska’s Controversial Pebble Mine Fails to Win Critical Permit, Likely Killing It. 

Regulators have found one of the worlds largest proposed gold and copper mines to be ‘contrary to the public interest’, denying a key permit that will likely kill the project.

The Army Corp of Engineers reviewed several plans for the Pebble Mine project, but has officially denied a required permit under the Federal Clean Water Act saying that the plan to compensate for environmental damage from the mine was insufficient. 

Opposition to the large open-pit operation in a pristine region of Alaska’s Salmon breeding grounds from Alaska Native American communities, environmentalists and the fishing industry never diminished. Though this decision means that the project may be dead, local groups will continue to push for long term protections.