That’s the message to Northern Dynasty Minerals in a full-page Ad today in the Vancouver Sun, as this small Canadian company and its shareholders gather for its annual meeting. The message from Alaska’s Bristol Bay is clear: “We will never relent in our fight against the Pebble Mine.”
There’s good reason for this. Alaska’s Bristol Bay supports the largest wild salmon fishery on earth – generating 14,000 jobs and supplying half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon. The 30-60 million wild salmon that return to Bristol Bay each year are the economic engine for the region and central to its health and cultural well-being.
There’s a lot at stake. Northern Dynasty’s shareholder meeting comes on the heels of First Quantum’s decision to pull out of a proposed framework agreement with Northern Dynasty to fund the Pebble permitting process and mine development.
It’s not the first company to take a hard look and opt out. Three other major mining companies have also walked away from the project, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi.
It’s usually 3 strikes and you’re out. Northern Dynasty and its proposed Pebble Mine are now at 4 strikes.
This play is over. And, Northern Dynasty’s shareholder should take note.
Today’s Ad is sponsored by Bristol Bay business leaders, Alaska Native leaders, commercial fishermen, sportsmen and hunting organizations, and conservation groups.