Anchorage – Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay – a network of nearly 100 organizations that support the fishermen and industry that harvests Bristol Bay sockeye salmon – appreciates a letter released today by Sen. Maria Cantwell calling for an investigation into claims made by one of the backers of the Pebble Mine. Northern Dynasty Minerals representatives have repeatedly said the EPA is using an “imaginary” mine or “hypothetical” mine scenario in its analysis of the Pebble project, but at the same time, the company filed an extensive report with the SEC that says its mining plan is “technically feasible” and “permittable,” in order to attract investors.
“Commercial fishermen from across Washington are grateful for Senator Cantwell’s leadership in protecting Bristol Bay’s fishery and jobs in Washington state,” said Ben Blakey, a commercial fisherman from Seattle. “For years, Washingtonians who hold fishing permits in Bristol Bay have known that a very real mine plan exists in the form of Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Wardrop Report, which has informed the EPA in its examination of potential mining scenarios in Bristol Bay. As Senator Cantwell’s letter to the SEC clearly explains, Northern Dynasty is either misleading its investors or the EPA and the company must be held accountable for its inconsistencies.”