Pebble Mine Case Study

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Pebble Mine The Pebble deposit is a massive deposit of gold, copper and molybdenum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers. The Pebble Mine is an idea to set up a mine at those sites and take those resources out of the ground. If built, it would be one of the largest mines ever, measuring 2 miles wide and up to 2,000 feet deep. Like all other projects like this, the Pebble Mine has many pros as well as cons. One pro of this idea is that they construction of this mine and the mine itself will create thousands of new jobs. In addition to that, the jobs are high paying due to the harsh weather up there. Another pro of the mine is that the metals down underground will be highly profitable and beneficial to the economy of the country. It is…show more content…
One con is that there will be many jobs at the mine, but just not nearly as many jobs that Bristol Bay employs in the salmon industry. Another, and possibly the biggest, disadvantage of building the Pebble Mine is the negative effect on the environment in Bristol Bay. Although the company managing this says that there will be a bad affect on the environment, history tells us otherwise. We can look at the Mount Polley gold mine disaster. In this environmental disaster, 10 cubic meters of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of potentially toxic slurry were spilled into virtually untouched forest, lakes and rivers. If something like this happens at the Pebble Mine, then most of the fish and wildlife in Bristol Bay would be in danger of being killed. A species that would be greatly affected by this is the sockeye salmon. More than half of the world’s population of these fish lives in Bristol Bay. This means that the survival of this species would be threatened. Also, one more con of this mine is that it would have a huge effect on the native people. Their whole culture is based off this fish and wildlife due to their consumption of these animals, and any accident could end this culture along

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