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Battle Over Mine Moves to the Boardroom A trans-Atlantic campaign mounted by NRDC of mining waste at the headwaters of some of the and our Alaskan allies put new pressure on greatest wild salmon runs in the world, imperiling Anglo American and Rio Tinto, the global not only an unspoiled wilderness but the communities giants behind the proposed Pebble Mine, when they that depend on it for survival. convened in London in April The annual meetings showed for their annual shareholder two companies increasingly on meetings. Capping weeks of the defensive, with cracks in public mobilization against their unified front beginning the toxic mega-mine, we to show. While Anglo delivered 400,000 more American’s board chairman petitions of protest to attempted to dismiss the company officials and took intensifying opposition, Rio out eye-catching ads in both Tinto’s chief executive, Tom The New York Times and the Albanese, made news by Financial Times of London. announcing publicly for the The full-page ads demanded first time that he does not that the two mining support the current plan for companies “Take No for an an open-pit mine because of Answer,” spotlighting their broken promises and refusal Our ad reached more than one million people on both sides of the Atlantic. concerns about its environ­ mental risks. “An open-pit to respect the will of the Native peoples, fishermen mine is not the way to go . . . in my opinion,” said and other residents of Bristol Bay, Alaska, who are Albanese. Mitsubishi Corporation, a former backer of overwhelmingly opposed to construction of the the proposed mine, withdrew from the project last year. massive gold and copper mine. Said NRDC’s Reynolds, “We need to keep the A delegation of leaders from Bristol Bay traveled to pressure on until the remaining companies deliver on London for the shareholder meetings, where they and their promise to respect local communities, who’ve NRDC senior attorney Joel Reynolds urged Anglo said — loud and clear, time and again — that they American and Rio Tinto to abandon a project that don’t want this mine.” To date, our Stop the Pebble threatens environmental and financial disaster. At two Mine campaign has generated more than one million miles wide and 2,000 feet deep, the proposed Pebble petitions, making it one of the biggest environmental Mine would generate an estimated 10 billion tons protests in history. 3

Nature's Voice June July 2012

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