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No Pebble

I’ve been reading through comments to some of the news stories about the Pebble Mine.  Most of the battle focuses on economics or the value of minerals vs. salmon or minerals vs. natural ecosystems.  I don’t believe that money is the only issue at stake.  It’s about lifestyle and vision for the future.  Both sides believe strongly in a set of values whether they admit it or not.  Development believes that life will be better when we increase our economic worth and have more goods to produce and sell. The other side believes in the living values inherent in the natural world like sustainable food, clean water and wild land recreation.

I have a pretty strong preference toward saving the salmon and the entire habitat that supports them, but I also realize I’m a hypocrite when I consider my lifestyle.  While I don’t make or spend a lot of money, I do burn petroleum and utilize many chemical byproducts.  I use a computer and cell phone full of minerals, and I’m pretty sure my fly rods, reels, fly lines, nylon leaders, fluorocarbon tippets et al are somewhat evil in light of their compositions.  I truly love the stuff, yet I am soundly against development most of the time.

Some of my best friends are involved in the oil industry and/or mining and we get along and they fish.  Many of my clients are captains of industry, oil executives, resource gobblers and other bad stuff, yet they fish and support me as a guide.  It does seem hypocritical to me when they exploit resources in one place to get the money to go fish in another that’s less messed up, but we’re not going to talk about that stuff while we’re fishing.

I’d love to go back in time to over a hundred years ago and fish all over a pristine Alaska.  Of course I’d want my arsenal of Sage rods, Ross reels and Rio/Airfo fly lines.  A GPS would be nice also. I’d probably need a float plane and a jet boat or at least my aluminum Willie drift boat as well.

John Shively is the CEO and mouthpiece for the Pebble Partnership.  He’s very upset that *outside interests (Americans) such as Trout Unlimited and the National Resources defense council are throwing money into the fight against Pebble.  As far as he’s concerned, anyone against Pebble is against Alaska and the United States and the economy and business and is an eco terrorist.  So John, where is the money coming from to develop Pebble?  Oh, it’s coming from “outsiders”.  Who stands to make the most profit?  Again, “outsiders” who are not even Americans. I guess we’re all hypocrites with a different vision.

*Outsider: Anyone who does not live in Alaska as a resident and receive a Permanent Fund Dividend Check from the State.

Well, I might be a hypocrite, but I still say no to development at Pebble.  At least for the foreseeable future: until we have far better technology and control over the process: until permits are not just a license to pollute.  It’s a crazy complex world we live in.  My vision is a world where a high standard of living and a thriving natural world are not mutually exclusive.  Responsible Mining – Sustainable Fisheries…at Pebble?  I’m not buying into that vision.  For now, I am thankful for every day I get to spend on wild waters and I take none of it for granted.

Where is the proposed Pebble Mine located?

Location of the proposed Pebble Mine.

EPA includes Pebble in Bristol Bay review

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I picked up these links from Moldy Chum.  The Pebble Partnerships ad champaign is deceptive and misleading.  Water flows downhill.  Salmon swim upriver.  What does walking have to do with anything? Everyone but the Pebble Partnership knows this.  Or do they?  They believe that misleading the public will help them secure their permitting.  Lets give them a reality check!

Video 1 – Go directly to YouTube to post your comments

Video 2 – Go directly to YouTube to post your comments

Check out this link  Do they think we are idiots? for the perspective from Headwaters.

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Here is a letter from friend and fishing guest Allen Tigert.

Subject: National Geographic Article on Pebble
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:18:27 -0900
Hi Everyone, 

Here’s a good article on the Bristol Bay / Pebble Mine conundrum. Worth passing

on to everyone. It’s getting closer and closer to permitting time. Pass this on to

your friends and ask people to email their legislators, governor, senators and tell

them in strong words what they think about this.

With ALL of the DNR commissioners and assistants being ex large scale mining

executives, the state permitting WILL go through unless there is tremendous

pressure from the people, the legislature, and the governor against the mine

and the huge changes it will bring to the Bristol Bay region.

In the lower 48 decisions were made over and over between wilderness, wildlife,

and large scale development. In nearly every case the decision was made to

develop. At the end, there were no uncompromised salmon runs and now there

is just a shadow of the abundance that once existed. There was the feeling that

the resources were limitless, so there was always another place that was still


So now we’ve reached the end of the line. There are no more wild, undiminished

salmon runs anywhere but here in Alaska. At risk are the health of the largest

remaining major salmon runs in America. Kings in the Nushagak, the incredible

abundance of the Sockeye in the Kvichak and the character of the huge area of

wilderness around them will be forever diminished if the Pebble mine is built.

Speak up now or forever hold your peace!

Link to National Geographic Article

Allen Tigert

Related is another post at “Kenai River Fishing Report“.

Follow this link for a short video.

Pebble Mine from Idylwilde Flies on Vimeo.

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Trout Unlimited Alaska

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A delegation of Alaska Natives and commercial fishermen will fly to London <http://www.ak2uk.com/index.html > next week to confront mining industry giant Anglo American at the company’s April 15th shareholders meeting with concerns about the massive Pebble mine project in the headwaters of Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska.

Efforts to stop the Pebble Mine are going global.

Efforts to stop the Pebble Mine are going global.

Visit the website for more info.  Good luck delegates!

Opposition to Pebble Mine

Opposition to Pebble Mine

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Here a copy of an email I received today. I decided to post it and keep spreading the word about the good fight to save the Bristol Bay watershed. All anglers and sportsman need to work together on these issues, even if they will never visit some of the places that are threatened. Any day, it could happen in your backyard or your special place and you will need help as well.

Dear Fellow Lodge Owner:

The effort to stop Pebble Mine is in full swing and we¹re writing to ask for
your help.

Over the last several years the Renewable Resources Coalition, Bristol Bay
Alliance, Trout Unlimited, Sportsman¹s Alliance and others have raised
public awareness about the threat Pebble Mine poses to the pristine waters
of the Bristol Bay region.

Now, with the qualification of Ballot Measure #4, the Clean Water Act, we
have a chance to stop Pebble.

If approved by the voters at the August 26th election, Ballot Measure #4
will create tough new clean water standards that will help protect Bristol
Bay. It will not shut down existing mines – just protect salmon spawning

In order for Ballot Measure #4 to win we all need to pitch in to make sure
it has enough money to get its message on television and in the mail to the
voters. We need your help to do that.

Right now the mining industry has inundated Alaska¹s airwaves with
television commercials accusing us of wanting to destroy jobs and Alaska¹s
economy; that we wish to stop all mining. Don¹t believe it.

We simply want to ensure that Alaska¹s salmon spawning waters — an equally
important resource ­ are protected.

Polls show that Ballot Measure #4 can win passage if we have the resources
to get our message out. I hope you¹ll join in this effort by making a
contribution and asking your clients to do the same.

As lodge owners or agents, we have a lot at stake and we need you to join
this fight. Whether you are located in the Bristol Bay region or another
part of Alaska, Ballot Measure #4 will ensure that salmon habitat is
protected. Here¹s how you can help.

Make A Contribution

Given what is at stake for all of us, we have set a goal of $600,000 from
lodge owners and our guests.

We are asking lodge owners to consider making a contribution equal to 2% of
their gross revenue. This provides a way for all lodge owners participate
on a proportionate scale.

Some owners have been more comfortable sending in checks for a flat $20,000,
$15,000 or $10,000. Some owners have been donating based on the rate of two
guests for one week.

However you decide to give, it is important you do so and that you do it
now. Time is of the essenceŠ.we need to have our television commercials on
the air and our mail in the mailboxes of our targeted voters.

All contributions should be made to Alaskans for Clean Water. AFCW is the
only legal entity that can promote a YES vote on the Clean Water initiative.
All of the other groups in our coalition can only educate the public about
the issue. They cannot legally advocate a yes vote on Measure #4.

Checks should be made payable to ³Alaskans for Clean Water² and mailed to:
1503 W. 31st Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Reaching out to your guests

In addition to your personal support, as a group we have agreed to ask our
guests to contribute to the campaign. Our guests, particularly our repeat
guests, know better than most the importance of protecting our watershed and
habitat ­ and a favorite vacation spot.

Visiting your lodge

If you would like, we would be more than happy to have one of the campaign¹s
experts fly-in and visit your lodge when you have clients you think would be
most likely to support this effort — such as those that come up as a group
year after year. These experts would talk about the threat to Bristol Bay,
the impact on fishing and a vacation spot they enjoy. The campaign¹s expert
would also share why we need their help in the effort to pass Measure #4.

Brochures and return envelopes

We have brochures for you to distribute at your lodge and self-addressed
return envelopes to include in letters sent to your guests. Robert Kaplan is
a nationally renowned professional fundraiser and is co-coordinating the
necessary fundraising portion of the overall campaign to help pass Ballot
measure #4. Please reply to Robert Kaplan at rkcompany@aol.com with how
many you need and to where they should be sent.

Thank you for your helping us passes the Clean Water initiative and stopping
Pebble Mine. Feel free to email me at bkraft@alaskasportsmanslodge.com.
You can also contact Robert Kaplan at 310.739.4000 or via email at
rkcompany@aol.com if you have any questions or need any help.

Brian Kraft
Alaska Sportsman¹s Lodge

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By now, most anglers are aware of the imposing and devastating threat to the Bristol Bay watershed. Sage, Redington, Rio have already offered sales proceeds from a rod/reel combo for the cause. Many companies are following suit. Here is an excerpt of what Abel is doing.

CAMARILLO, Calif. – Opponents of the potentially
environmentally devastating Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
region will benefit from an Abel Super 5N trout reel, announced Jeff
Patterson, director of sales for the fishing tackle manufacturer.

Abel will produce a limited edition – numbered 1 to 100
– of the engraved reels in a specially anodized red color, symbolic
of both the area’s sockeye or red salmon and the “No Pebble Mine”
campaign, whose conduit to the fly fishing industry has been the
Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska.

The Sportsman’s Alliance will be given Reel #1 for sale,
raffle or auction and $200 per reel on all others sold, Patterson said.

The collectors’ edition Bristol Bay trout Abel reel to
benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is priced at $775. It is
available directly from the factory or through authorized Abel Dealers.

Read the entire press release from Abel or visit www.abelreels.com

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