Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Pebble Mine Update
The spin doctors are hard at work in the battle to establish a fish refuge in the Bristol Bay drainage around the proposed Pebble Mine. The State Board of Fisheries voted to create a panel to evaluate a possible refuge. Both sides claimed the decision as a victory.
"Board of Fisheries resists pressure to establish fish refuge in Bristol Bay," crowed a statement from Northern Dynasty Mines Inc., the company exploring Pebble.
Trout Unlimited, a sportfishing group that supports the refuge concept, proclaimed: "Alaska Board of Fisheries sends message that fish come first in Bristol Bay!"
The real story no doubt lies in a smoke filled room somewhere. The battle continues.