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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A 450 mile trek through the river systems downstream of the proposed mine site.
A thunderstorm approaches as we look over the mine site
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
Packrafting the Mulchatna River
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.
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
Frying Pan Lake, in the potential tailings lake area
In 2006, Nushagak River salmon runs totaled 18 million fish
46 million salmon
Cleaning salmon in Igiugig
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
“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
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
Sunset over Frying Pan Lake
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