Do you think that this development is good or bad and why?
The Bush administration criticized Tiffany
in March in response to an ad the jeweler put up on the Washington Post. Their smug response:
Mark Rey, an undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture, said the letter signed by Tiffany's chief executive was filled with errors, though he declined to say what they were.
"I'm guessing this ad in The Washington Post cost upwards of $50,000,'' said Rey, director of the administration's forest policy, in a telephone interview. "For $49,999.63 less, they could have sent us this letter and given their customers a discount on their products.''
Officials with New York-based Tiffany, a 167-year-old company whose name is synonymous with fine jewelry, stood by the contents of the open letter and called for reform in federal mining policy.
"It is by no means the first time that we have communicated with appropriate government officials about our desire to see precious metals and gemstones extracted in environmentally and socially responsible ways,'' the company said. "Our record on that score goes back nearly a decade.''
The mountaintop removal technique in mining was exempted from the Surface Mining and Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Mountaintop removal employs heavy equipment and TNT to remove several hundred feet off the peak and cache the debris into valleys. There aren't a lot of mountains in the Anchorage Daily News
pictures but I wonder how deep Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. will have to dig (probably as deep as it takes to mine all the gold/copper), will the debris be relocated/dumped elsewhere, will the Mulchatna River be redirected, the Iliamna Lake drained? From a Dynasty report
Northern Dynasty is committed to engineer, permit, construct and operate a long life, large-scale, open pit, gold-copper-molybdenum mine at the site. An extensive work programto realize this has commenced. Last March, the company completed a C$22 million financing (at $8 per share) which makes it possible to rapidly advance the Pebble project towards the completion in 2005 of a Bankable Feasibility Study and to meet the requirements of an Environmental Impact Statement. On basis of current evaluations, the Pebble’s optimum milling capacity ranges from a 90,000 to 200,000 tonnes per day operation over a 30 to 60 year mine life.
Where will 4,380,000,000 tons of debris get shuffled to for six decades? After Dynasty has all the riches it can have is it under obligation to refill the pits? And if it does refill the pits and goes about it in a sloppy manner, can they be held accountable or pack their machinery and wham, bam, thank you Iliamna?
To top it off I have no faith this administration will enforce EPA standards. In Without a Doubt
article Suskin wrote:
As Whitman told me on the day in May 2003 that she announced her resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: ''In meetings, I'd ask if there were any facts to support our case. And for that, I was accused of disloyalty!'' (Whitman, whose faith in Bush has since been renewed, denies making these remarks and is now a leader of the president's re-election effort in New Jersey.)
I would have serious reservations about a mining project of this magnitude under a Clinton
administration. I don't think we can take a chance on the the environment, the local business, under a Bush administration.