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Poll Shows Most Alaskans Oppose Proposed Pebble Mine Project

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Poll Shows Most Alaskans Oppose Proposed Pebble Mine Project

A clear majority of Alaskans (54 percent) opposes the proposed Pebble Mine project, with fewer than one in three (32 percent) supporting it, according to a recent statewide survey conducted for Bristol Bay Native Corporation.

“Although voters and BBNC support responsible development, our poll clearly shows that the proposed Pebble Mine project is unacceptable for a clear majority of Alaskans in virtually every demographic, across all regions of the state,” said BBNC President and CEO Jason Metrokin.

In fact, the proposed Pebble Mine project was rated most negatively of any industry or project presented. By contrast, two-thirds or more of the voters surveyed rated other industries and development projects favorably—from fishing to oil development to the Alaska gas pipeline.

Survey results also showed that those with unfavorable opinions of the proposed Pebble Mine project were far more likely to have strong feelings than those favoring the project.  Survey results also showed those expressing a “very unfavorable” opinion (37%) significantly outnumbered those with a “very favorable” opinion (14%). In other words, those voters most strongly against the proposed project outnumbered its strongest supporters by a margin of more than two-and-a-half to one.

BBNC commissioned Strategies 360 Polling and Market Research to conduct the telephone survey of 802 Alaskan voters from October 14 through 16, 2011. Fifty-four percent expressed unfavorable opinions of the project, compared to only 32 percent favorable.

About BBNC:

BBNC is one of 13 Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, serving more than 9,000 Eskimo, Aleut, and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. Our mission is "Enriching our Native way of life." BBNC supports responsible resource development, defined as development that is fiscally, environmentally and socially sustainable, serving the long-term interests of our people, our region and our businesses.

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Comments (4 posted):

fyshstykr on 21/11/2011 17:44:15
Always good to see the lack of support for this potential "disaster in the making".:)
Guest1 on 22/11/2011 06:11:05
I'm not surprised. They have spent a ton of money bashing the snot out of it.
FlyFlinger2421 on 24/01/2012 20:44:56
Decide for yourself. Here is what American Rivers.org had to say. "In what would be North America’s largest open-pit mineral mine, initial proposals reveal at least one open pit mine roughly two miles wide and 1,700 feet deep, and a cave mine extending 5,000 feet below the surface. At least two earthen dams [each taller than the Hoover Dam] are proposed to hold back an estimated 10 billion tons of waste and would be built on a known earthquake zone. In addition, the project could consume up to 35 billion gallons of water per year, potentially drying up 60 miles of fish habitat."
fyshstykr on 24/01/2012 23:25:13
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