From the Boulder Fly Casters
The Pebble deposit is a massive storehouse of gold, copper and molybdemum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay. If built, Pebble would be one of the largest mines in the world. Because of its size, geochemistry and location, Pebble runs a risk of polluting Bristol Bay, one of the world’s few and most productive wild salmon strongholds that supports a $500 million commercial and sport fishery.
Our speaker on September 27 will be Todd Bryan, of the Keystone Center, who is heavily involved in the Pebble Mine proposal as a facilitator and mediator. He will present perspectives on both sides of the issue and will have recently returned from his work in Alaska.
In 2007, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) brought the Keystone Center, an organization that specializes in convening stakeholder dialogues, into the discussion about the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. The Center is currently developing a multi-stage dialogue designed to identify and discuss issues concerning potential development of the mine, particularly relating to public evaluation of PLP baseline data. Some opponents of the mine have raised concerns about the neutrality of the process since the Center was hired by the mining company. Additionally, some people feel that there has been insufficient consideration in the dialogue of the "no mine" option.
Translation? Keystone Center is a bought and paid for sham for the Pebble Partnership.
Shame on the Boulder Fly Casters, a TU chapter, for inviting Keystone in when they could turn to TU to speak about the issue. Keystone is just an attempt to distract folks from the real process going on with EPA - which is fair and independent science.
There is no compromise on the Pebble Mine, period. It is utter bullshit for a chapter of TU to entertain a speaker who says there is an argument to made for the mine.