Defend Bristol Bay

Our Mission:


Bristol Bay residents, fishermen, and businesses agree that Pebble Mine’s permitting process is rushed, politically driven, and endangers Alaska’s most critical and productive salmon fishery. 


Pebble Mine. Never.

Bristol Bay tribes and residents, commercial and sport fishermen, and everyday Alaskans don’t have the same lobbying resources and insider access as corporations like Pebble and Northern Dynasty. Pebble’s aggressive lobbying and lobbyist spending is designed to ensure the people who will be left with the consequences of the Pebble Mine are ultimately left out of the process.


Pebble Mine Isn’t Telling The Truth.

Pebble Partnership CEO Tom Collier – who stands to rake-in up to $12.5 million in “extraordinary bonuses” if the mine gets permits quickly – boasts the mine “will not harm the fish and water resources in Bristol Bay.” Yet according to the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the mine will eliminate over 3,500 acres of wetlands and more than 80 miles of streams in the headwaters of Bristol Bay.



Million Dollars Lobbying Trump Administration in Washington

Politico recently listed the Pebble Mine as the 7th largest source of lobbying contracts for a single project in 2018. Pebble has spent more than $11 Million lobbying since


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What Pebble Tells Alaskans is not what Pebble Tells Investors.

Pebble’s Ron Thiessen told investors, “The reality is, you know, this represents development for many years, perhaps centuries into the future. And when you build the infrastructure in there and you’ve got a concentrator you can feed it forever.”



Alaskan Public Testimony Opposed to Pebble Mine

At public hearings last month, held by the Army Corps of Engineers throughout the Bristol Bay region and in Anchorage, 75% of Public Testimony was opposed to the Pebble Mine and critical of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. 

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Largest Concentration of Brown Bears on the Planet. Pebble didn’t study that.

Pebble’s permit application is woefully incomplete and the Army Corps should not consider it until it addresses the impacts to the bear viewing industry including impacts to McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and Refuge, Katmai Park & Preserve, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Kamishak Special Use Area. Study areas should be greatly expanded to encompass home ranges for bears that use the area. The current proposal limits the study area to only within 3 miles of the disturbed areas and is designed specifically to exclude significant numbers of bears that would be impacted by this project.

Read more about the impact to bears,
and the bear viewing industry at Friends of McNeil River


The Timeline. Science. Corruption.
& Politics.

Pebble actually promises it can make the water in Bristol Bay cleaner than it is today after they use it to process toxic mine waste. They offer no description how they will accomplish or pay for this historic feat, despite the fact it’s never been done before at this scale. When the EPA studied the impacts of a mine on Bristol Bay, they found that it would decimate fish habitat throughout the region and would cripple the $1.5 billion commercial salmon fishing industry in the region.



Northern Dynasty acquires mineral leases in Bristol Bay.For the next 8 years concerned Alaskans are repeatedly told to expect a full mine plan and the completion of permit applications. It never happens.


Federally recognized Tribes and commercial fisherman formallyrequest that the EPA excercise their authority under the Clean Water Act 404(c) to protect wild salmon and the cultures and economies sustained by the Bristol Bay fishery. The EPA begins a 3-year assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed.


After years of research and exhaustive peer-review, and a robust public process where 1.5 million Americans commented in support of protecting Bristol Bay, the EPA publishes the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. However the process is halted when The Pebble Limited Partnership sues the EPA, crying “fake science”.


Pebble unveils a new “small” mine plan and Pebble Partnership CEO, Tom Collier has a close-door meeting with controversial EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt. Just a few short hours later the EPA settles the Pebble lawsuit and directs staff to withdraw the Bristol Bay Watershed Assesment.


On January 5, 2018, only 14 days after the 934 page Pebble Mine permit application is submitted, including 2 federal holidays and 4 weekend days - or a total of only 6 working days - the Army Corps of Engineers deems the application complete and issues Public Notice, triggering the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process.

On August 31, 2018, only 2 months after a 90-day public comment period with 174,000 comments, the Army Corps releases the NEPA Scoping Report.


April 2019

Our fishing industries rely on selling wild and pristine product. Even if Pebble operates without incident it will change the perception of the region. An operational failure would be catastrophic

Dan Cheyette / Igiugig, Alaska - Army Corps Public Comment



Get Involved


Since day one, your opposition to the Pebble open pit mine in the headwaters of the richest sockeye fishery in the world has run strong. You showed up to public hearings, you wrote comments, you voted at the ballot box. The message was always clear: the risks are too high, our salmon systems are too valuable, and Alaskans do not want the Pebble Mine.

For a long time, indigenous grassroots organizers in Bristol Bay led the movement to protect their way of life. Then, commercial fishermen from Seattle to Sitka to Unalaska joined the fight to protect the sustainable and renewable economy based on the last great wild sockeye salmon run on earth. Today, Alaskans from around the state have recognized that this fight to stop the Pebble Mine is a fight for our future – a future with healthy wild salmon ecosystems.


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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has been silent on this issue, and it’s time she takes a stand, before it’s too late.

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