Thiessen and Collier were so eager to meet with the undercover investigators posing as investors is because of the remarkable success of NRDC’s campaign, which has helped prompt each of Northern Dynasty’s major global mining company partners— Mitsubishi, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, and First Quantum Minerals—to abandon the project, leaving increasingly cash-strapped Northern Dynasty the sole remaining member of the Pebble “partnership.” Global financial backers BlackRock and, most recently, Morgan Stanley have walked away as well in the face of pressure from NRDC and our Bristol Bay partners. Now we are appealing to Cantor Fitzgerald, Northern Dynasty’s chief fundraiser, urging that global financial services firm to sever ties with the Pebble Mine. “Time and again, when we’ve presented the economic and scientific facts about the Pebble Mine to stakeholders, in contrast to Northern Dynasty’s self-serving spin, they see the fundamental problem: This is the wrong mine in the wrong place,” says Reynolds. “It’s been a long fight, but, working with our Bristol Bay partners, we’ve succeeded in transforming what was once considered a done deal into a deal that’s gasping for air. Now it’s time to finish the job.”
Your Membership Support of NRDC Made a World of Difference in 2020
Thanks to your generous donations, here are some of the landmark environmental victories we won, in and out of court, over the past year.
NEW YORK DEFENDS WILDLIFE
CALIFORNIA BANS PESTICIDE
REDROCK DRILLING CANCELLED
BOON FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS
COURT BLOCKS MASSIVE KXL
ICELAND CALLS OFF WHALING
PROTECTION FOR POLLINATORS
TROPHY HUNTING TAKES HIT
COURT SIDES WITH SCIENCE
Thanks to NRDC advocacy, the state passed a landmark wildlife bill enabling bans on the sale of animal parts from species threatened with extinction.
The courts overturned the Trump administration’s radical reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which let industry completely off the hook for killing birds.
STATES REJECT PIPELINE
Both New York and New Jersey rejected permits for the proposed fracked gas Williams Pipeline, which threatened communities and waterways from Pennsylvania to New York.
Thanks to an NRDC legal win, the EPA must expand its assessment of risks that the toxic chemical 2,4-D—found in the pesticide Enlist Duo—poses to monarch butterflies.
California outlawed nearly all uses of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos, beginning in 2021. As the nation’s biggest user, the state is already influencing policy elsewhere.
The Supreme Court affirmed that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline cannot be built across hundreds of waterways while the legal fight against it plays out.
Under NRDC legal pressure, the Trump adminis tration disbanded its so-called International Wildlife Conservation Council stacked with trophy hunters and gun enthusiasts.
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The Trump administration caved in to intense pressure, canceling proposed lease sales for oil and gas drilling slated to occur near Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
For the second year in a row, Iceland has canceled its whaling season—the latest indication that the business of whaling is dying.
In a victory for science, a federal judge sided with NRDC and rejected an EPA ban that kept scientists affiliated with universities from sitting on agency advisory boards.
VICTORIES: ELEPHANTS © SARA WINTER/ISTOCK; CROP DUSTER © ROGER SMITH; WARBLER © ISTOCK; KXL PROTESTER © ELVERT BARNES/FLICKR; CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, UTAH © WOLFGANG STAUDT; MINKE WHALE © NATURE PICTURE LIBRARY/ALAMY; PROTEST ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE © ERIK MCGREGOR; BUTTERFLY © ISTOCK; LIONS © JTGRIFFIN07; EPA © PUBLIC DOMAIN
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