Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Against Alaska Mine

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National Resources Defense Council, Senior Attorney, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. sent constituents a letter Monday saying the proposed copper-gold-molybdenum mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay in Alaska is “an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen.”

He says that mega corporations like Anglo American, Rio Tinto, and Mitsubishi “want to gouge out a pit two miles wide and 2,000 feet deep – deep enough to swallow the entire Empire State Building.” Kennedy says, “This wilderness paradise – crisscrossed by crystal clear rivers and fed by pristine lakes – is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon runs and a stunning diversity of wildlife including moose, caribou, grizzlies and whales.”

The Pebble Mine will generate “a witch’s brew of deadly acids and poisonous chemicals …held back by colossal dams up to 50 stories high.” Kennedy says, “Many Alaskan Natives – who have depended on the salmon for they very survival for thousands of years – are organizing to stop this apocalyptic scheme.”