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The Battle for Bristol Bay Alaska!

Alaska’s Choice: Salmon or Gold


If built, a huge mine would trans­form Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopar­dizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery.

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By Edwin Dobb

All that the American West once was, Alaska still is. Abounding with natural marvels and largely untouched by human ambition, it strikes the newcomer as a land of endless prospect, an impression vividly reinforced from the passenger seat of a low-flying Cessna 180. Rick Halford, a bush pilot and former Republican state legislator, is showing me a piece of Alaska tucked between national parks and other protected lands about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage: the heart of the Bristol Bay watershed. Never was the term more meaningful. In every direction the dominant feature of the landscape, the element that binds everything together, is water. Within this 40,000-square-mile area

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Added: May-7-2011 
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    • @driver11 my thoughts exactly.the salmon would be worth more in the long run.

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  • Nooooooooooooooooo Don't build it...

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  • I reckon that they'll proceed.

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  • Salmon have taken a 90% hit on run numbers in the Pacific northwest. I hope they don't fuck up this river.

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  • And we dont hear Palins two cents worth on the issue?? Or is she chanting on the sidelines..."Drill baby drill."...
    99% waste byproduct. Whats the sense?

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  • lets see if Sara goes for gold , or Bristol , i think the gold should wait the salmon have already been run short in so many places , i hope the right one is the salmon , i cant eat gold , it cant keep me warm , , it does nonthing but look good on the hand of those that can afford to kill what so many live off of , , you have blood Dimoends and now youll have blood gold on the backs of so many inuits and many other Alaska Indians who survive on this food . do you allow that More..

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  • Build it. Offer free training to local populace who wish to work there. The company should offer local incentives/utilize propaganda to quell worries of the people. Have a plan for when the mine is run out many decades down the road. Like turning it into a massive lake and build canals to neighboring lakes. Can we not build massive canal systems hundreds of miles for the salmon? I've seen such canals built by the Americans all over the world. It can be done, and quickly. Also an immediate canal More..

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  • I don't get these fisherman assholes. If the mine is going to be tightly regulated and the most modern in history, it is going to be safe. Damn, let the rest of the state grow dudes. To hell with the environmentalists and their doomsday prognostications. I hate environmentalism more and more every day. First the timber industry, now the mining industry. Why don't these stinking environmentalists go over to china or India with their preaching? One more thing: Those fishermen and indians have More..

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  • Why are American bitching about environment when they accepted and adopted the doctrine of Capitalism. If you don't like this become a Socialists.

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  • love the poll two people voted!!!!!

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