TU and Others Ask for Bristol Bay Mining Ban

August 27, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

“The groups on Wednesday sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, asking him to reject a plan from the final months of the Bush administration that, among other things, would open roughly 1 million acres in the Bristol Bay region to potential mining and oil and gas leasing.” Elizabeth Bluemink in the Anchorage Daily News.
Mary Pemberton also covered the story for the Associated Press: “Gary Berlin, president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, said BLM Director Bob Abbey has a chance to undo a wrong by permanently putting the nearby federal lands off-limits to mining. ‘This fishery is too rare, too productive, and too valuable to put at risk,’ he said.”