Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do you trust a #mining giant with our natural heritage? - #arctic #salmon #wildlife #BP #boycottbp #oilspill

The following message, urging Americans to tell mining giant Anglo American to abandon its plans for digging the disastrous Pebble Mine in Alaska's wildlife Eden of Bristol Bay, was sent to you by

Dear Friend,

Last spring we ratcheted up the pressure on Anglo American and its disastrous plan to build a mega-mine in Alaska's pristine Bristol Bay watershed. We presented a Petition -- signed by 100,000 concerned Americans -- at Anglo's Shareholder's Meeting on Earth Day!

But in the wake of the Gulf oil spill disaster, we need to do more. It's time to tell Anglo American we're not buying its promises of environmental responsibility. BP made plenty of promises, too. Then it proved that corporate claims ring hollow and worst-case scenarios do happen. Tell Anglo American you don't want another corporate giant gambling with the future of a priceless ecosystem.

Oil, gas and mining companies like to say: Trust us.

Anglo American is promising plenty of studies and environmental impact statements. They will claim that a massive release of mining waste is a 'worst case scenario' that will never happen. They will claim that Bristol Bay - the world's largest salmon fishery and home to abundant bears, moose and caribou - is in no danger from the colossal Pebble Mine.

How gullible do they think we are?

Every large copper and gold mine on Earth has suffered spills and other disasters, including acid runoff and mercury contamination. Anglo American's own plans say that the Pebble Mine will spew some 10 billion tons of mining waste, laced with toxic chemicals, that must be stored behind massive earthen dams FOREVER in an active earthquake zone. Nothing lasts forever. The only question is, when will those dams fail? The wildlife, fishermen and Native communities of Bristol Bay cannot afford to find out the answer, because they stand to pay the ultimate price in a devastated ecosystem.

Please stand in solidarity with them by telling Anglo American you won't let them roll the dice with Bristol Bay.

Polluters like to think our attention spans are short. They believe they can wait until "the storm blows over," and then go back to business as usual.

Let them know they're wrong. Tell Anglo that, after the Gulf spill, you're not buying any more corporate promises. Sincerely, Peter Lehner NRDC Executive Director

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