Trump rejects massive Pebble Mine project in Alaska over environmental concerns

President Donald Trump’s administration has rejected a massive mining project in Alaska after extensive environmental review found the project would cause too much damage to the environment, The New York Times reported.

The decision to reject the Pebble Mine in Alaska on Wednesday ends plans to construct a large copper and gold mine. The Pebble Mine project posed a significant hazard to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery which generates over a billion dollars annually and supports thousands of jobs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that despite significant protection plans, the mine still posed too much of a threat to the watershed.

Contrary to the claims of rabid leftists, the Trump administration is still very much concerned with protecting valuable environments and their resources.

Unsatisfactory protections

The rejection of the permit for the Pebble Mine left John Shively, CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, promising an appeal of the decision. Shively alleged that politics had interfered with the permitting process.

In a statement following Wednesday’s decision, Shively said, “Since the beginning of the federal review, our team has worked closely with the USACE staff to understand their requirements for responsibly developing the project including changing the transportation corridor and re-vamping the approach to wetlands mitigation. It is very disconcerting to see political influence in this process at the eleventh hour.”

Trump was subject to significant pressure to reject the mine from all sides, from Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and even his own son, Donald Trump Jr.

Ultimately the permit’s rejection had less to do with the high profile lobbyists and more to do with the report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that found the project simply wasn’t worth it.

In the official report, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that, “[The] benefits of the proposed elimination and alteration of wetlands, streams and other waters within the [Corps] jurisdiction do not outweigh the detriments that would be caused by such eliminations and alterations, based upon the information contained with the [final environmental impact statement], the extensive public comments received, and the analysis of the public interest review factors.”

Future still unknown

The future of the site is still up in the air as Pebble Limited Partnership, the U.S. branch of Canadian mining company Northern Dynasty Minerals, will appeal the decision by the Trump administration.

That appeal will likely see Pebble Limited Partnership going up against the new Biden administration assuming that nothing major emerges that reverses the presidential election.

A Biden administration would likely be even less friendly to Pebble Limited Partnership and its plans.

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