Watch the TRAILER of the upcoming documentary filmed partly in Pedro Bay and featuring residents of our village.
You can read any or all of the articles written in opposition to the mine, as well as the ones I’ve posted in favor or ‘neutral’ to it. They are posted in Articles on the drop-down menu under this Page on the main Menu.
Although Pedro Bay is opposed to the mine’s development, we believe the best way to show Pebble’s dangers is to show both sides and let Pebble’s actions–past and current–speak for themselves. An example of Pebble’s inability to cite even a small truth is presented below. The Myth and Reality come from the most recent Pebble Partnership Newsletter, while the Reality Redux is from a variety of websites, first-hand accounts, and common sense.
Myth: Every copper mine in the world has destroyed the waters around it.
Reality: The Kennecott Mine and Copper River are examples of mining and nature successfully co-existing right here in Alaska. The Copper River was named after the abundant copper deposits along the upper portion of the river. The resource was developed a century ago in what was, at the time, the world’s largest copper mine–Kennecott. Today, the Copper River is known for its prolific runs of sockeye salmon, which are among the most highly prized stocks in the world.
Their claim is vague: No one is saying that every copper mine in the world has destroyed the waters around it. What is being said is that this TYPE of mine–open pit–has never left an area in environmentally sound condition.
Their claim about Kennecott is also inaccurate. While the salmon do indeed continue to run, the copper that was extracted from the earth was, at times, 70% ore–high grade. The copper that Pebble/Northern Dynasty hopes to extract is, at best, 3% ore–very low grade. This means that most of what comes out of the ground will wind up in a slurry pit by way of heavy machinery and chemicals, causing great environmental damage.
The mining done at Kennecott did cause damage, but because the ore was in nuggets, most of which were found by pick and hammer, the damage was minimal. Although Kennicott and McCarthy are now tourist destinations and ghost towns, they were once bustling mining towns. Before that, they were nothing. Here in the lake villages and around Britsol Bay and in the Borough, our villages are our homes. When Pebble is finished extracting what it needs, we don’t have the option of leaving for another mine town.