Monday, 24 June 2013

Pebble Mine: A Threat to Alaska's Salmon, People and Economy (Op-Ed)

Taryn Kiekow, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Date: 21 June 2013 Time: 02:05 PM ET

Taryn Kiekow is a senior policy analyst for NRDC's marine mammal protection project;she contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Bristol Bay is located in the remote wildlands of southwest Alaska and supports the largest runs of wild salmon on the planet — over half of the world's supply of sockeye.

Every year, some 40 million salmon return to spawnin the pristine rivers and streams of the Bristol Bay watershed. But right now, the future of this little-known natural jewel is caught up in a frenzied political fight, part of what the Washington Post calls President Barack Obama's biggest environmental decision that "you've never heard of."

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