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Jan 14, 2014

Bristol Bay, USA, Canada, Native communites, & environment: Robt Redford says Our fight to stop the Pebble Mine is nearing a do-or-die moment

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From: Robert Redford - NRDC <biogemsdefenders@savebiogems.org>
Date: Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Our fight to stop the Pebble Mine is nearing a do-or-die moment

"Only one corporation is left standing behind the disastrous Pebble Mine. We need each and every BioGems Defender to make their voice heard right now."
— Robert Redford
Stop the Pebble Mine
TAKE ACTION
Dear Liz,
Canada's Northern Dynasty Minerals is the last company left standing behind the disastrous Pebble Mine -- and they're our most obstinate foe yet.
Two of the mine's biggest corporate backers -- Mitsubishi and Britain's Anglo American -- have already walked away from this reckless project.
But Northern Dynasty Minerals has left no doubt that it is bulldozing ahead with its plan for a toxic mega-mine that could devastate Alaska's spectacular Bristol Bay.
Please join me in sending a message to Northern Dynasty's CEO, telling him to abandon this wilderness-destroying scheme.
Northern Dynasty has made clear it could apply for permits in the next three months. Apparently, they haven't gotten the message that we don't want an American natural treasure turned into an industrial wasteland.
No matter how you look at it, the Pebble Mine is a disaster waiting to happen. The EPA has confirmed that this gargantuan, open-pit copper-and gold-operation -- along with its estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste -- carries catastrophic risk for Bristol Bay, its legendary salmon runs, its pristine environment and its people.
Together, thanks to your activism, we've already done the near-impossible -- pushing two mining giants, Mitsubishi and Anglo American, to abandon this ruinous venture. And just last month, a third corporate backer, Rio Tinto, sent strong signals that it, too, is looking for the exit.
But Northern Dynasty Minerals remains in the grip of gold rush fever, and it's up to you and me to help break that dangerous spell.
It's imperative that we build on our momentum, seize this moment and put the last nails in the coffin of the Pebble Mine.
Please urge Northern Dynasty's CEO to walk away from this destructive project right now -- or face relentless and growing opposition.
Thank you for standing with me and NRDC against the Pebble Mine.
Sincerely,
Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Trustee
Natural Resources Defense Council
The mission of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
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