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Pebble Mine’s watersheds A 450 mile trek through the river systems downstream of the proposed mine site. A thunderstorm approaches as we look over the mine site. Erin in the alders along the Kvichak River. Pebble Mine site. www.aktrekking.com. The Pebble Mine proposal.

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Pebble Mine’s watersheds

A 450 mile trek through the river systems downstream of the proposed mine site.

A thunderstorm approaches as we look over the mine site


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Erin in the alders along the Kvichak River


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Pebble Mine site

www.aktrekking.com


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The Pebble Mine proposal

Largest open pit mine in North America – with additional large underground component.

Hundreds of billions of dollars of gold and copper ore.

Claim owned by Northern Dynasty Minerals – a Canadian company.

Haven’t yet filed for permits.

Land owned by the state of Alaska.

At the headwaters of two of the world’s largest salmon rivers.

Drill rig and hose at the Pebble site


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on the flanks of Groundhog Mtn

Packrafting the Mulchatna River


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Twin Creeks Mine, Nevada - Earthworks


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Twin Creeks Mine, Nevada - Earthworks


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the Pebble claim site from a nearby mountain


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Pebble valley panorama


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Tom looking out over Frying Pan Lake


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Ridge above the Pebble Valley


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Beaver pond in the Pebble Valley


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Shore of Frying Pan Lake


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Caribou and reindeer moss near the Pebble Valley


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Northern Dynasty has spent over $100 million already on exploration and studies.

The Pebble deposit is estimated to contain over 100 million ounces of gold and 90 billion pounds of copper, worth over $300 billion at today’s prices.


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Unlike oil and gas production, mining operates under antiquated laws that give less than 2% of mineral values back to state and local government.

Exploration drill rig at the Pebble site


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Abandoned drill rig site in the Pebble Valley


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Workers at an exploration drill rig


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Hose dumping drilling slurry onto the tundra


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  • Proposed Pebble Mine Dams

  • 740 feet high

  • 4.3 miles long

  • Earth and rocks

  • Three Gorges Dam

  • 610 feet high

  • 1.24 miles long

  • Concrete

Frying Pan Lake, in the potential tailings lake area


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South Fork Koktuli River


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Strong winds along the Koktuli River


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Moose along the Mulchatna River


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Porcupine in the brush


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Wolf tracks on a lake shore


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Frog on the tundra


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Ptarmigan in the tundra


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Spruce hen in the tundra


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Arctic tern on the Mulchatna River


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Nushagak River


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Gallery forests on the Nushagak River


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Tundra above the Nushagak River


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Packrafts on the Nushagak River

In 2006, Nushagak River salmon runs totaled 18 million fish


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Heavy Metals

Cyanide

Sulfuric Acid

46 million salmon

Bristol Bay


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Skiffs line the shore at New Stuyahok


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King salmon strips drying in Ekwok

Cleaning salmon in Igiugig


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Levelock International Airport


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4-wheelers in New Stuyahok


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Nondalton village

Newhalen village


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Nondalton village on Sixmile Lake


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Packrafts on Bristol Bay


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Fishing boats on Bristol Bay


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Low tide on Bristol Bay


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Picking salmon nets on Bristol Bay


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Abandoned cabin on Bristol Bay


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Sunset on Bristol Bay


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Tom fishing on Bristol Bay


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Grizzly tracks on Bristol Bay


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Belugas at the mouth of the Kvichak River


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Tom stuck in the mud on Kvichak Bay


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Walking in tidal grasses along the lower Kvichak River


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Tidal slough on the Kvichak River


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Swans in the Kvichak River marshes


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Tundra lake near the Kvichak River


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Cottongrass near the Kvichak River


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Sandhill cranes in the cottongrass of the Kvichak


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Mosquitos in the Kvichak tundra


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Mosquitos inside our tarp


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Marsh grasses on the Kvichak River


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Glacial moraine near the Kvichak River


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Moose skull on a glacial moraine


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Hig wading a creek feeding the Kvichak River


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Hanging out in the Sportsman’s Lodge, on the Kvichak River


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Tom fishing in Lake Iliamna


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Tom with arctic grayling


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Feast of rainbow trout


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Lake Iliamna shore


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Lake Iliamna shore


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Upper Talarik Creek


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Upper Talarik Creek


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We made a commitment to stay out of Upper Talarik Creek because it is sensitive fish habitat." -Ella Ede, Northern Dynasty, July 2005

Pit plan overlaps the creek headwaters

Northern Dynasty applied for water rights to remove all the water from Upper Talarik headwaters for mine operation. – July 2006


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“As Canadian citizens and residents certain of Northern Dynasty’s directors and officers may not subject themselves to U.S. legal proceedings, so that recovery on judgements issued by U.S. courts may be difficult or impossible.”

Descending to Upper Talarik Creek

  • Northern Dynasty’s claims:

  • We’ll stay out of Upper Talarik Creek

  • No Fish in Frying Pan Lake

  • No Cyanide


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Mining claim stake near Upper Talarik Creek


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The mine would require a 100 mile road and slurry line to a port on Cook Inlet.

It would probably get power from a line across Cook Inlet to the Kenai Peninsula, but the mine’s power use would be more than currently used by the whole Peninsula.

Road near Iliamna village


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Pond in the Pebble Valley


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  • Over 70% of gold produced is used to create jewelry.

  • On average one gold ring creates over 20 tons of tailings and other mine waste.

  • Gold and other commodities are often touted as “safe” investments in troubled times.

  • These investments lead to an increase in mining, simply to store the metals in vaults.

Sunset over Frying Pan Lake


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Thunderstorm approaching over Pebble Valley


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Thunderstorm over Pebble Valley

  • Don’t buy gold jewelry

  • Don’t invest in metals

  • Buy Wild Alaskan salmon

  • Comment on the BLM’s draft plan for the region

  • Visit Bristol Bay

  • Tell people


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Our team in the tundra near Nondalton


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Sunset near the Kvichak River

My site:

Renewable Resources Coalition:

Northern Dynasty:

www.aktrekking.com

www.renewableresourcescoalition.org

www.northerndynastyminerals.com


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