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Rio Tinto Backs out of Pebble Mine Project

Tim Sohn | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Tim Sohn

This leaves Canadian mining company Northern Dynasty without a partner for development of the mine, a process it cannot afford to undertake on its own.

World Water Day: Reflections From Our National Parks

Theresa Pierno | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Across the country, our Great Waters, which are recognized for their national significance, provide drinking water for millions, support critical jobs...

EPA Moves to Block Pebble Mine

Tim Sohn | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Tim Sohn

It's become the most politically-charged resource debate in Alaska, pitting a mine worth potentially hundreds of billions of dollars against a salmon run that forms the backbone of a the region's pristine ecosystem and supports its robust commercial and sport fishing economy.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Moves To Block Massive Alaskan Gold And Copper Mine

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it is beginning a process that could block a massive proposed gold mine in A...

EPA Makes the Right Move for Bristol Bay, Starts 404(c) Process on Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took the first regulatory step toward securing a healthy future for Bristol Bay. Photograph © 2014 ...

Unprecedented Coalition in Washington, D.C. Next Week Urging EPA to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.21.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA has the opportunity to protect both a unique natural resource and an economic powerhouse. It has the scientific basis, legal authority, and moral responsibility to protect Bristol Bay. And that's exactly what this diverse coalition of Alaska Natives, subsistence, commercial and sports fishermen, lodge owners, faith leaders and environmental groups will tell EPA next week.

CA Controller and NYC Comptroller Stand Firm Against Pebble Mine, Again Urge Rio Tinto to Divest to Protect Major Pension Fund Investors

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

The California State Controller and New York City Comptroller's offices refused to back down from their request that mining giant Rio Tinto divest fro...

Begich Jumps Ship: Pebble Is 'Wrong Mine, Wrong Place, Too Big'

Tim Sohn | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Tim Sohn

Last week, the EPA released the final draft of its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, concluding that a large-scale mine in Bristol Bay would represent an unacceptable risk to the region's salmon-based ecosystem. It seems to have goaded Sen. Mark Begich into coming out against the mine.

EPA: Pebble Mine Would Threaten Bristol Bay Salmon

Tim Sohn | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Tim Sohn

The EPA released the final draft of its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment this week. Its conclusion: Large scale mining development in Southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed poses a substantial risk to the region's ecosystem and its legendary salmon run.

Pebble Mine's 2013 Year End Review: 'One Foot in the Grave?'

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Coming off a disappointing 2012, the Pebble Limited Partnership and its uniquely reckless project hit the rocks repeatedly in 2013.

More Bad News for the Pebble Mine: Rio Tinto Announces It May Divest

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Today, in yet another sign that the massive Pebble Mine is doomed, the London-based mining giant Rio Tinto publicly announced that it is considering "divestment" from the uniquely reckless project, proposed for the headwaters of the most productive wild salmon fishery in the world.

As Anglo Exits, Future Murky for Pebble Mine

Tim Sohn | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Tim Sohn

Whatever happens next, it seems certain that Pebble's stated goal of releasing a mine plan later this year and applying for mine permits late this year or early next is in serious jeopardy, with Northern Dynasty hobbled, cash-constrained, and getting pummeled in the markets.

Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Yesterday Anglo American, a 50 percent partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, announced that it is withdrawing from Pebble Mine, a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

What Is Your Favorite Meal? A Reflection on Flavor, Salmon, and a Way of Life

Joshua Lewin | Posted 09.21.2013 | Taste
Joshua Lewin

I love salmon: fresh, cured, smoked, salted and buried. And I love the memories that return each time I prepare it.

Bristol Bay: NRDC's Reynolds Discusses EPA's Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA just concluded a 60-day public comment period, and the vast majority of people asked EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. NRDC members and activists alone sent over 267,000 petitions to the agency.

Searching for Grizzly Bears? Follow the Salmon

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 08.19.2013 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

The trick is to find out where the bears go to eat, and follow them. And where do they go every summer and have for centuries? To the rivers, brooks and creeks where their primary diet, the salmon, are swimming upstream.

Salmon or Gold?

Sea to Table | Posted 07.21.2013 | Taste
Sea to Table

Fisherman Christopher Nicolson is gearing up for salmon season. Each summer he makes the long trek to Alaska with his family, from Brooklyn to Brist...

Lucia Graves

Will Hotly Debated Mine Become Alaska's Keystone?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.09.2013 | Green

Kevin McCambly was born and raised in Dillingham, Alaska, just downstream from the proposed Pebble Mine, a massive copper and gold mining project that...

Why Do We Need GMO Farmed Salmon?

Sea to Table | Posted 01.16.2013 | Food
Sea to Table

There are plenty of reasons to oppose genetically engineered salmon, ranging from consumer health concerns to environmental risk, but there's a larger question we need to ask. What kind of food system do we want to sustain us?

It's Time to Stop the Pebble Mine

Robert Redford | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Robert Redford

A long-awaited study by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine -- along with its estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste -- would spell disaster for Bristol Bay, its legendary salmon runs, its pristine environment and its people.

Pebble Mine: 2012 Was a Very Bad Year for the Mining Companies

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.05.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

All in all, it was another tough year for the Pebble Mine. And, in the coming year, look for more of the same. Bristol Bay is no place for large-scale mining, and the Pebble Mine will eventually be stopped. It's only a matter of time.

EPA Has 'No Timetable' For Completing Alaska Mining Report

AP | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has no timetable for completing its review of the impacts of large-scale m...

Anglo American, It's Time to Dump Pebble Mine

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

Pebble Mine is a risk that Anglo American can no longer afford to take. If Anglo American is looking to cut expenses, this is the perfect project to drop. Because local opposition -- and the risks associated with it -- are only increasing.

Independence or Co-Dependence: The Keystone Center and the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

While it claims independence, Keystone has to concede that its client and financial benefactor is the very partnership that wants to build the Pebble Mine and claims already to have spent over half a billion dollars pursuing it.

No Surprises in Pebble's 'Expert' Testimony Against EPA

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.23.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA should move forward promptly, upon completion of the peer-review process, to protect the Bristol Bay watershed, its communities, and the irreplaceable wild salmon fishery that sustains them.