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“Gold vs. Salmon: An Alaska Mine Project Just Got a Boost”

“The Trump administration, rejecting concerns over the risks to Alaska's fishery, cleared the way on Friday for the Pebble Mine.”

“From the air it looks like just another tract of Alaska’s endless, roadless tundra, pockmarked with lakes and ponds, with a scattering of some of the state’s craggy mountains.

But this swath of land, home to foraging bears and spawning salmon about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, has been a battleground for years.

The fight is over what lies just below the surface: one of the richest deposits of copper, gold and other valuable metals in the world. It sets two of the state’s most important industries, mining and fishing, against each other.”

Henry Fountain reports for the New York Times July 24, 2020 with photographs by Acacia Johnson.


“Pebble Gets The Green Light, No ‘Measurable Effect' On Fishery” (E&E News)

“Mine Developer Sees Review As Positive For Alaska Project” (AP)

“Trump Administration Says Massive Alaska Gold Mine Won’t Cause Major Environmental Harm, Reversing Obama” (Washington Post)