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October 02, 2007

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Red Gold: The Pebble Mine Debate. SAVE BRISTOL BAY!

Red Gold, by acclaimed movie makers Felt Soul Media is the most important film to date by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel.  Previously the team has shot beautiful inspiring films on the Salmon fly hatch on the Gunnison River in Colorado, a black and white movie aptly called The Hatch, and Running Down the Man a nutty quest to catch roosters off the beach in Baja. 

This documentary which chronicles the importance of the largest wild Pacific salmon fishery on the planet and the proposed open-pit gold, copper, and molybdenum mine which might be built at the headwaters.  This mine, if built would be the largest in north america - producing three billion tons of waste over it's lifetime. At the core of Pebble Mine complex, covering some 15 square miles, would be an open pit measuring approximately two miles long, a mile and half wide and 1,700 feet deep.  Strangely enough this has made for some very rare bedfellows - commercial fisherman as well as sport fisherman fighting for what is surely one of the greatest environmental issues in fishing today.   

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Tim Harden

Hats off to Knight, Rummel and all those (including Fflogger) who are taking a stand!


Data doesn't speak for itself....data speaks for the people who wish to support their case. If the people of Bristol Bay wish to accurately assess the costs and the benefits, there must be a concerted effort to view each in as broad and inclusive a manner as possible.

Looking forward to the film!

AK Gomer

I appreciate the Conservation column’s attempts to raise awareness of issues and influence far reaching decisions that can affect how many animals are available for hunting, viewing, etc. But after reading the column on Teshekpuk Lake and then April’s article on Pebble Mine, I had to put things into perspective.

While I love to watch all the critters and awesome scenery we have in our great state and country, I also am a realist and know that we all have wants and needs which take resources. Where does the gold plating on computer cards and the gas in our autos come from? Sorry, I don't mean to insult, but sometimes we forget where these things that give us our standard of living comes from.

A lot of planning has gone into Alaska along the lines of resource planning and development. We set aside more land in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) than is in the entire state of Indiana. Likewise, we set aside areas for resource development. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) is one such area, created because of the likelihood of petroleum prospects. Teshekpuk Lake is located in NPR-A. Oil companies have gone through great strides to avoid disturbing the large waterfowl producing area and even have gone so far as to make concessions to not drill directly into the lake, but drill underneath from the shores, despite the extra cost. And this is in a area set aside for drilling!

A similar situation is brewing for the proposed Pebble Mine. It is in an area set aside for mining years ago. Why? Because we knew a long time ago it was a likely area to hold minerals and ore we all use in our lives. The Pebble prospect is now estimated to hold more gold, molybdenum, and copper than any other mine in North America. Yes, this mine is in a PORTION of the Bristol Bay watershed. Many rivers flow into Bristol Bay and this mining area is only one of many watersheds.

Sorry folks, both of these Alaska projects have been in the planning for over 50 years and are in areas set aside for these uses. We all use resources in our lives, we must allow for the collection of more of these resources if we want to continue our standard of living. Want to give up your computer that takes gold to run or sell your car and ride a bike 365 days a year? Me either. I support smart use of what we have been given and think that both of these projects have good prospects of being done correctly to produce resources while minimizing impact to surroundings.

To the Field & Stream editors:
While I appreciate your articles on conservation, please avoid alarmist views and report all the facts, not just the portion that sells copies of your publication. If conservative readers learn you are not reporting all the facts, you will quickly find your periodical in the land fill.

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