21 Apr '11, 4pm

Robert Redford says mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska would be "an environmental tragedy." (via @OnEarthMag)

Robert Redford says mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska would be "an environmental tragedy." (via @OnEarthMag)

I'm not against mining. I am against putting mega-mines where they don't belong. Near my home in Utah, Rio Tinto's massive Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the biggest man-made excavations on Earth and has rendered a large area of local groundwater too polluted for human consumption. Now, the Rio Tinto and Anglo American companies want to put a mine even bigger than Bingham at the headwaters of our planet's greatest wild salmon river systems in Bristol Bay, Alaska. It's an environmental tragedy waiting to happen. Their Pebble Mine would be gouged out of an American paradise -- filled with salmon, bears, moose, caribou, wolves and whales -- that has sustained Native communities for thousands of years. Imagine a pit two miles wide by 2,000 feet deep, and an underground mine a mile deep. This gargantuan gold and copper operation would produce an estimated 10 billion tons of cont...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/as-companies-gather-for-share...

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