Proposed Donlin Mine: Contamination Concerns and Threats to Clean Air, Clean Water, and Clean Food

September 12, 2018 @ 9:00am (AKDT)

If developed, the proposed Donlin Gold open-pit mine in Alaska would be one of the biggest in the world. The mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Blasting and processing of the ore will release substantial amounts of mercury into the air and water. The area is home to more than a dozen small Native villages that rely on subsistence fishing, hunting, and gathering for much of their food. Increasingly, communities and Native corporation shareholders are speaking out against the mine and voicing their concerns over the potential impact to fisheries, subsistence ways of life and public health.  More than 10 tribes have passed anti-Donlin resolutions. Listen to this teleconference recording to learn more about the permitting process and legal concerns, threats to fisheries, air and water quality, and how you can help ensure passage of the “Stand for Salmon” ballot initiative and prevent harm to fish, wildlife and people.

Threats to our survival as a People, op-ed The Delta Discovery, August 17, 2018

Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance website

Stand for Salmon website

Featured speakers

Tom Waldo, Senior Staff Attorney, Earthjustice

Mary Matthias, Natural Resources Director, Orutsararmiut Native Council

Lindsey Bloom, Stand for Salmon

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