President's son opposes Pebble Mine
(Kitco News) - Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Tuesday that Pebble Mine should not be built due to environmental risks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a final environmental analysis last month supporting the mine, a reversal from the Obama administrations previous decision stating that the mine should not be built. Opponents to the mine cite risks to salmon runs, as well as preserving the natural beauty of the area. Northern Dynasty's Pebble Project is located in southwest Alaska.
The chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, Nick Ayers, also opposes Pebble Mine.
As a sportsman who has spent plenty of time in the area I agree 100%. The headwaters of Bristol Bay and the surrounding fishery are too unique and fragile to take any chances with. #PebbleMine https://t.co/4ffLdF4Qqe— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 4, 2020
If permitted, the Pebble mine will be North America’s largest mine, according to a study by the Center for Science in Public Participation. On the Northern Dynasty's website the current resource estimate for the project is 6.5 billion tonnes in the measured and indicated categories containing 57 billion lb copper and 71 million oz gold.
The mine plans calls for a pit 1,970 feet (600 meters) deep, as well as a new road, pipeline and power plant.
Donald Trump Jr. is an avid hunter.