Presentation on theme: "Pebble Mines watersheds A 450 mile trek through the river systems downstream of the proposed mine site. A thunderstorm approaches as we look over the mine."— Presentation transcript:
Pebble Mines watersheds A 450 mile trek through the river systems downstream of the proposed mine site. A thunderstorm approaches as we look over the mine site
Largest open pit mine in North America – with additional large underground component. Hundreds of billions of dollars of gold and copper ore. Claim owned by Northern Dynasty Minerals – a Canadian company. Havent yet filed for permits. Land owned by the state of Alaska. At the headwaters of two of the worlds largest salmon rivers. The Pebble Mine proposal Drill rig and hose at the Pebble site
Caribou and reindeer moss near the Pebble Valley
Northern Dynasty has spent over $100 million already on exploration and studies. The Pebble deposit is estimated to contain over 100 million ounces of gold and 90 billion pounds of copper, worth over $300 billion at todays prices.
Unlike oil and gas production, mining operates under antiquated laws that give less than 2% of mineral values back to state and local government. Exploration drill rig at the Pebble site
We made a commitment to stay out of Upper Talarik Creek because it is sensitive fish habitat." -Ella Ede, Northern Dynasty, July 2005 Northern Dynasty applied for water rights to remove all the water from Upper Talarik headwaters for mine operation. – July 2006 Pit plan overlaps the creek headwaters
Descending to Upper Talarik Creek Northern Dynastys claims: Well stay out of Upper Talarik Creek No Fish in Frying Pan Lake No Cyanide As Canadian citizens and residents certain of Northern Dynastys directors and officers may not subject themselves to U.S. legal proceedings, so that recovery on judgements issued by U.S. courts may be difficult or impossible.
The mine would require a 100 mile road and slurry line to a port on Cook Inlet. It would probably get power from a line across Cook Inlet to the Kenai Peninsula, but the mines power use would be more than currently used by the whole Peninsula. Road near Iliamna village
Sunset over Frying Pan Lake Gold and other commodities are often touted as safe investments in troubled times. These investments lead to an increase in mining, simply to store the metals in vaults. Over 70% of gold produced is used to create jewelry. On average one gold ring creates over 20 tons of tailings and other mine waste.