Last night on PBS, Frontline aired a report via documentary entitled Alaska Gold. The subject of this report covers what is taking place at Bristol Bay with Pebble Mine.
Now I live 3000 miles from Bristol Bay so some might ask why I would be concerned with this issue. The answer is that I'm an angler, and like so many others who fish we are always concerned with issues that could threaten our fisheries, waterways, wildlife, and wild areas.
While watching the report it was easy for me to draw a parallel with what is going on at Bristol Bay and what has taken place and continues with the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer here in Oklahoma.
There is a big difference, as far as size and scope, with what's taking place at Bristol Bay and the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer. However, the issues and concerns have quite a few similarities.
Both situations involve mining. Concerns shared by the people of and around Bristol Bay and the Arbuckle-Simpson include the possible destruction of fisheries, concern of pollution, demise of our rivers and streams, environments coming unraveled, and possible changes of livelihoods and culture.
If you missed last nights airing I've included the airing on this post and you can watch via your screen.
The producers have done an excellent job with this report and they fairly report both sides of the issue.
I think you'll enjoy the report and also come away with concerns.
You can also find more information on Trout Unlimited's Save Bristol Bay.