An Inside Look at the Battle for Bristol Bay with Trout Unlimited's Austin Williams
The miners have appealed the permit denial. It's game on.
This week, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham explore past, present, and future of the Pebble Mine, one of the most important issues on the American Shoreline. The proposed Pebble Mine is a very large open pit copper, gold, and molybdenum mine in the Bristol Bay, Alaska, location of one of the most prolific fisheries in the world. Annually, up to 50 million salmon return to spawn in the bay's river systems. The federal 404 permit for the project had been the subject of much anticipation during the Trump Administration, but in a surprise November 2020 decision, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejected the mine's permit sending the project back to the drawing board. The battle continues as the mine developers and the state of Alaska have appealed. Joining the show is Austin Williams, the Trout Unlimited's Alaska Director of Law and Policy. Austin has worked extensively on the campaign to stave off the Pebble Mine, which many believe would devetate Bristol Bay's incredible salmon runs. We talk strategy, tactics, and how Bristol Bay might be permanently protected in the future. Join us on a trip up to Alaska, only on ASPN!