Human Greed vs. Environmental Need: The Pebble Mine


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     Where is the line? What is our limit? It seem there is no limit when it comes to destruction. Bristol Bay is one of our most valuable resources. Sockeye salmon come by the millions every year to this location to spawn. It is a pristine ecosystem fed by a network of rivers, lakes and wetlands with immense economical value. Fishermen could never fish all the salmon that come through here due to their vast number. They are keystones for the ecosystem. They are a food source for bears, eagles, and many other predators. Nitrogen from their decomposing bodies and the excrements of their predators enriches the soil. It is our best resource.


     The salmon run is concentrated in several major river systems. North of lake Iliamna and two branches of the rivers mining companies have been sampling soil and mapping what is known as the “pebble deposit.” This is the largest contained gold and copper deposit in all of North America. The plan for mining is an open pit mine more then two miles across and one deep making it one of the largest in the world. Two Tailings dams would be required to hold the mining waste; these would also be two of the largest in the world. All of this will be 15 miles from lake Iliamna. In addition the mine will require water to be pumped out and drained from the area. The area in which the mine will go is vital in that the water between the two streams passes thought underground water systems. This creates a high risk for contamination.


 The minerals being mined are sulfide minerals. The Tailings dams are the most dangerous to the environment due to the byproduct. Iron sulfide (pirate) when exposed to water will break down to a weak sulfuric acid. This will dissolved other sulfide minerals that contain lead, arsenic, and other heavy menials. Over time this byproduct could leak into the lake. Regardless of that, if the tailing dam doesn’t leak what will happen to this toxin? No amount of seepage wells could stop this, the toxin are still there. Why create something that there is no way to safely dispose of?

     This area is known for seismic activity. If an earthquake hit millions of gallons of toxin (essentially battery acid) would be leaked into the environment… seems worth it, let get on that!

     How selfish can human kind get? No amount of money, or created jobs is worth the possibly long-term effect of this mine. Long after we die the world will still be here. How do you want your great-grandchildren to live? Lets all do something about this…

     The video above is a bit long, but turn it on and do some easy homework while you listen. Also check out the site I listed below and sign the Pebble Pledge. This is the biggest environmental fight for Alaska. Help them preserve our last frontier.


4 thoughts on “Human Greed vs. Environmental Need: The Pebble Mine

  1. It really seems like there isn’t an end to human greed. What is truly astounding is the rush to strip the earth of a shiny mineral that has no other value other than it looks pretty. Meanwhile, deforestation, destruction of habitat, pollution, and waste are left in our wake. I have never understood the callousness in which some people regard the environment and the other creatures that call the earth their home. I am glad that you shared this and I will definitely be signing that petition.

  2. This blog I must say is very informative and I enjoyed reading it. Plus whenever someone says mining I hate it. It makes me think of how many people die in mining and how dangerous it is, even if its not coal mining. My great grandmother’s father died in a mining accident, and who knows how many family members I’ve lost to mining, due to my irish heritage. Human greed can not just cost the land we live on but the people whom we make do the work.

    • Make sure you sign that petition and keep up on it. Alaska is our last frontier and we need to persevere it with everything we have… then again is discovery channel keeps running the Buying Alaska show we might not have it anyways….

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