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Pebble Mine Expose from PBS-TV's Frontline
7/12/2012
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We’ve long informed our readers about the serious risks posed to wild salmon by the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.
 
For example, see “Petition Targets Salmon-Risking Mine” and other articles in the Mining & Seafood Sustainability section of our news archive.
 
Most recently, we alerted you to a fast-approaching deadline to comment on the EPA’s draft environmental impact report.
 
For the details and report-comment instructions, see “Salmon-Risking Mine on the Line ... Speak Now!”.
 
Now, thanks to a heads up from Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, we can tell you that the acclaimed PBS-TV series Frontline is re-airing “Alaska Gold” … an excellent documentary about the mine and the threats it poses to the world’s largest wild salmon runs.
 
See below for air times on some PBS stations … we could not find a central listing site.
 
This is Frontline’s summary of “Alaska Gold”:
“The Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It's also home to enormous mineral deposits - copper, gold, molybdenum - estimated to be worth some $300 billion.”
 
“Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America's largest open-pit mines, the Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. Frontline travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.”
 
And The New York Times penned this editorial on June 4, 2012:
 
“The possibility that a giant gold-and-copper mine might someday be built near the headwaters that feed Bristol Bay in Alaska, one of the richest salmon fisheries in the world, is cause for alarm. A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency reinforces those fears.
 
“The report, issued on May 18, is a draft assessment of the ‘potential impacts’ that large-scale mining could have on the intricate network of lakes, spawning streams and wetlands that make up the Bristol Bay ecosystem, the heart of a $2.2 billion regional fishing industry.
 
“A big operation like Pebble, it says, would destroy 54 miles to 87.9 miles of critical streams and up to 6.7 square miles of wetlands … just about every factor involved — the location of the mine, the mining industry’s poor environmental record, the value of the fishery that could be harmed — suggests the risks are too high.”
 
Upcoming Broadcasts of “Alaska Gold”
 
KCTSD 109: Tuesday, July 24 – 10:00 p.m.
 
KQED 9: Tuesday, July 24– 10:00 p.m.
KQED 9: Wednesday, July 25– 4:00 a.m.
KQED Life: Wednesday, July 25– 9:00 p.m.
KQED Life: Thursday, July 26– 3:00 a.m.
  
KET: Tuesday, July 24 – 10:00 p.m. EDT
KET2: Wednesday, July 25 – 1:00 a.m. EDT
KET2: Sunday, July 29 – 2:00 a.m. EDT
 
Tuesday, July 24– 9:00 p.m. (IPTV) .
Wednesday, July 25– 9:00 p.m. (IPTV World)
Wednesday, July 25– 3:00 p.m. (IPTV World)
Wednesday, July 25– 5:00 p.m. (IPTV World)
Wednesday, July 25– 8:00 p.m. (IPTV World)
 
WTTW HD Tuesday, July 24 – 10:00 p.m.
WTTW Prime Wednesday, July 25– 4:00 p.m.
WTTW HD Thursday, July 26 – 2:30 a.m.
WTTW Prime Saturday, July 28 – 1:00 p.m.
WTTW Prime Sunday, July 29 – 8:00 p.m.
WTTW Prime Monday, July 30 – 2:00 a.m.
 
Tuesday, July 24 – 10 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 – 1 a.m.
Wednesday, July 25 – 6 p.m.
 
Wednesday July 25 – 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday July 25 – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 25 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 25 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday July 26 – 12:00 a.m.
 
WGBYH 857 Tuesday, July 24 – 10:00 p.m. EDT
WGBYW 209 Wednesday, July 25 – 10:00 a.m. EDT
WGBYW 209 Wednesday, July 25 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
WGBYW 209 Wednesday, July 25 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
WGBYW 209 Wednesday, July 25 – 9:00 p.m. EDT
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