October 6, 2015
Lindsey Bloom, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, 907-723-3662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay condemns new Pebble Limited Partnership report for ignoring history and facts
While report funded by Pebble Limited Partnership confirms that the Environmental Protection Agency has legal authority to proactively review possible Pebble mine in Bristol Bay it provides little other credible information.
DILLINGHAM, AK — Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay today released a statement responding to a new report released by the Cohen Group and funded by Pebble Limited Partnership. Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay maintains the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) actions in Bristol Bay have been entirely within their authority granted by the Clean Water Act.
Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay’s statement is as follows:
“The Pebble Partnership-funded Cohen Group report released today is nothing more than a smear tactic attempting to distract and mislead the public and decision makers from the threats posed by the Pebble mine and fact that the majority of Bristol Bay residents, stakeholders and Alaskans are overwhelmingly opposed to the project.
Today’s report claims to have interviewed a mere 60 individuals for its study, but we know that over 80% of Bristol Bay residents, along with over 80% of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen oppose the Pebble mine. Bristol Bay fishermen have joined local tribes, businesses and others in speaking out time and time again against the proposal, which threatens 14,000 jobs and a $1.5 billion economy that depend on clean water and wild salmon.
Throughout the report, the Cohen Group glosses over the most important fact – that the EPA has legal authority to proactively restrict permits to mine in Bristol Bay. Otherwise, this is just another expensive and misleading tactic by Pebble in a lengthy saga of failed promises to Bristol Bay fishermen and tribes. The EPA on the other hand listened to all sides from the beginning and based their action on a publicly engaged and transparent, science-based analysis of the risks posed to Bristol Bay."
Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay is a coalition of over 100 fishing organizations and thousands of individual fishermen working to protect the 14,000 jobs, more than $500 million in annual income, and over half the world’s wild sockeye salmon provided by Bristol Bay’s 125 year sustainable fishery. Learn more at fishermenforbristolbay.org.
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Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay
16955 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska 99801
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