We write on the day of Anglo American’s shareholder meeting to register deep concerns about the proposed open-cast, gold and copper Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. We are unusual bedfellows, including Alaska Native leaders, the director of Bristol Bay’s largest commercial fishing group, royal jewellers, fisheries conservationists and keen anglers. Together we express our support for protecting Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest, sustainable and most valuable wild-salmon fishery.
See http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/21/coalition-to-save-bristol-bay.
Many jewellers continue to sign the pledge not to buy gold from Bristol Bay. See http://ourbristolbay.com/pledge-statement.html.
Lobbying for Pebble
If you’re curious to find out just how much the companies behind the Pebble Mine spent on lobbying the Alaska legislature, read this article ($378,000 to employ four of the professional lobbyists at the Capitol).