Continuous Backlash to Pebble Mine DEIS
Rep. Peter Defazio, Chair of the House Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure voiced his concerns towards the details of the Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact State. In a letter sent to Todd T. Semonite, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Defazio wrote , “I am deeply concerned that your agency’s review of this permit application and the associated review of the project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are so fundamentally flawed and inadequate as to preclude any meaningful review on the likely impacts of this project – in violation of your responsibilities under both the Clean Water Act and NEPA.”
With constant backlash facing this Pebble Mine permit proposal, it is relieving that it has reached this point. With representatives like Defazio we all can hope that this attitude towards preservation and conservation practices becomes infectious within communities all over.
Ben Bulis, president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) stated, “There have literally been millions of Americans who have voiced their opposition to Pebble Mine and the severely lacking permitting process. As an industry, we wholeheartedly stand behind Representative Defazio’s position. Short of halting the project entirely, a thorough review of its impact will make more than abundantly clear what we’ve all know all along – wrong place, wrong mine.”
Only with continued support of us as who represent ourselves as anglers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts, can we overcome unethical practices and misuse of our beloved wild ecosystems. We encourage anyone and everyone to voice their opinions about this matter to AFFTA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue our fight against the Pebble Mine proposal. Wrong place, wrong mine.