Daily DrakeBBay Win

BBay WinThat’s right, America. Land of the free. Home of people who hate environmentally exploitive mines. According to the EPA’s Bristol Bay public comment periods, which officially closed over the weekend, 70 percent of you told the agency that Pebble Mine can suck it.

PR Newswire is calling the result a “decisive victory for Bristol Bay” and adds: “The EPA asked for Americans’ views of the project as part of its scientific assessment of the impacts of large-scale mining on the environment and the people living in Bristol Bay. This process ended on June 30, and a preliminary tally shows that 68% of 527,192 submissions during the second round of public comment support EPA’s findings and urge federal protection for Bristol Bay’s unmatched fishery resources and fishing economy.”

So where did the other 30 percent pro-mine votes stem from? Bought by none other than the Koch brothers.

“The bulk (more than 95%) of comments opposing EPA’s Assessment came from Resourceful Earth, a Koch Brothers-funded, DC-based front group that is also financed through corporations like Exxon Mobil and their lobbyists.”

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Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

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