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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Pebble Mine: Pictures from Ground Zero. An Autobiographical Photo Series by Robert Glenn Ketchum.


January 16, 2013 - NO PEBBLE MINE #18, Pictures from Ground Zero:



The habitat of southwest Alaska supports the most productive salmon fishery in the world, but there is also arctic char, dolly varden, and huge rainbow trout in abundance, not to mention all the other animals, birds, and epic American parkland. President Obama has my books to ensure that he and his family can SEE what is at stake. Contact him now, tell him to support the EPA and direct them to say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE. 

Photograph © 2013 Robert GlennKetchum #LittleBearProd
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January 9, 2013 - NO PEBBLE MINE #17, Pictures from Ground Zero:




Southwest Alaska is one of the cleanest and most diverse freshwater habitats left in North America. As clean water resources elsewhere are ruined by industrial consumption, fracking, and bad mining practice, perhaps we should prevent the PEBBLE MINE from "accidentally" impairing this huge clean water system. It is not JUST the fish, PURE water will be gold in the near future. 
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January 2, 2013 - NO PEBBLE MINE #16, Pictures from Ground Zero:


The state parks, national parks and wildlife refuges of southwest Alaska are the essence of wild land. These habitats are also the headwaters of the Bristol Bay. salmon fisheries and the most diverse freshwater ecosystem in North America. Parks and fish are renewable resource job providers. THERE IS NO PLACE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT FOR THE TOXIC BYPRODUCTS THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THE PEBBLE MINE COMPLEX. 

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December 26, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #15, Pictures from Ground Zero:


Bristol Bay, the most productive commercial salmon fishery in the history of the world is not the only renewable resource at risk if the Pebble Mine is developed. This industrial mega-development will impact, 2 national parks, 3 national wildlife refuges, and 4 state-designated sanctuaries - home not just to fish, but bear, moose, caribou, wolf, walrus, marten, fox, eagle and 1000's of migratory birds. 

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December 19, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #14, Pictures from Ground Zero:


SW Alaska and the Alaska Range host many volcanoes and are adjacent one of the most significant seismic zones in North America. The Pebble mine plans to store cyanide-toxic mine slurry in 20-SQUARE-MILES of plastic lined, lake-like pits supposedly contained IN PERPETUITY by a series of earthen dams larger than Three Gorges in China. HELLO !?!?! 

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December 12, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #13, Pictures from Ground Zero:


The Pebble Mine ore deposit is apparently part of an ancient volcano. Lava flows and volcanic debris have built much of the SW landscape. BENEATH THE POROUS STONE SURFACE, THE WATERS FLOW - sometimes literally THROUGH the rock layers. Many Rivers and watersheds are "connected" in this way. Containing any spills from the 20-SQUARE-miles of cyanide slurry lagoons created by the Pebble Mine would be virtually impossible. 

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December 5, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #12, Pictures from Ground Zero:


This is Iliamna Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and home to a unique species of freshwater seal found nowhere else. Iliamna is also the headwater of the massive Kvichak river, the most productive commercial salmon river in all of Southwest AK. ASTOUNDINGLY, THE NEARBY PEBBLE MINE WILL PRODUCE 3,000lbs OF TOXIC TAILINGS FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD LIVING ON THE PLANET TODAY, and to neutralize these acid producing tailings, the mine developers have suggested dumping the them in the lake. 

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November 28, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #11, Pictures from Ground Zero:


Oil still oozes from shoreline sand in Prince William Sound. Oil and other toxins saturate the Gulf Coast. Cyanide and acidic iron oxides should NEVER BE INTRODUCED into the Bristol Bay environment. Say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE and keep the greatest wild salmon fishery in the world (also herring, halibut, etc.) a clean American food and job resource. Don't allow southwest Alaska to be trashed by international industrial development. 

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November 21, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #10, Pictures from Ground Zero:


If constructed The Pebble will be the largest open-pit mine ever built, but beyond the mine site a "haul" road system must also be carved through the 10-17,000 ft Alaska Range to reach a port in Cook Inlet (also to be built as part of the complex). GOOD LUCK KEEPING SUCH A ROAD OPEN IN THE WINTER! Will American taxpayers be deluded into subsidizing this road as they were for all the timber extraction roads in the Tongass rainforest? 

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November 14, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #9, Pictures from Ground Zero:


The EPA has determined the Pebble Mine will damage salmon rivers, destroy salmon habitat, and is a threat to the Bristol Bay fishery... THANK YOU!!!! This IS Ground Zero and you can see why a toxic (cyanide) mine leaking / draining water downstream affects everything - follow the water in this picture (clue: it is where the life is). 

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November 7, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #8, Pictures from Ground Zero:


 The Pebble mine will be 2,000ft deep and 2-miles across. There will be a constant influx of groudwater that will require pumping 24/7/365 to keep the mine from flooding. That liquid, tainted with cyanide and iron oxides, will be pumped into "lagoons" that spread over 20-square miles of the landscape. Birds on the Pacific flyway will see that, expecting this...

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October 31, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #7, Pictures from Ground Zero: 


This is Twin Lakes in Lake Clark National Park. Beyond the distant mountains to the right, the proposed Pebble mine complex would be belching industrial auto smog, AND a mercury laden haze from coal-fired power generation. Their 20-SQUARE-MILE cyanide slurry lagoon would seem ocean-like from shore-to-shore. How can foreign corporations be allowed do this to American resources?

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October 24, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #6, Pictures from Ground Zero: 


Besides a massive complex of roads that will define the Pebble mine extraction site, a long "haul" road must be built to get minerals out. The haul road will bridge the New Halen River coming out of Lake Clark National Park; it will run adjacent the shoreline of Lake Iliamna for miles bridging / disrupting dozens of salmon streams and possibly the unique species of freshwater seal that lives in the lake.

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October 18, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #5, Pictures from Ground Zero:


SW Alaska/Bristol Bay is a world of water... water everywhere, and right at the surface. The fishery thrives in this world. The Pebble mine, proposed as the largest copper/cyanide gold-leach mine ever constructed, has NO PLACE HERE! Keep American fisheries clean - say NO to The Pebble mine!

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October 10, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #4, Pictures from Ground Zero: 


The Pebble mine will use more electricity on a daily basis than Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. The Pebble intends to generate power from burning coal mined on-site. Coupled with the industrial vehicle smog the mine will generate, you can kiss the air quality of Lake Iliamna, Lake Clark National Park, and Katmai National Park goodbye... and good luck keeping the mercury particulate from coal burning out of the fishery! The Pebble mine threatens American jobs and clean food resources ­say NO! 

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October 3, 2013 - NO PEBBLE MINE #3, Pictures from Ground Zero: 


The New Halen river flows between Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna, and offers some of the least tried Class 6 whitewater in North America. It will also have a bridge over it and a haul road next to it if the Pebble mine is constructed. 

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September 26, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #2, Pictures from Ground Zero: 


Upper Talarik Creek, a world class fly-fishing destination. Recreational fishing/tourism generates $millions of annual revenue and American employment IN PERPETUITY if well managed. The Pebble mine's life will be short but it will generate millions of gallons of toxic, cyanide-leach solution which will have to be stored IN PERPETUITY to protect these waters and the connected American fishery. 

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September 24, 2012 - NO PEBBLE MINE #1, Pictures from Ground Zero: 


Today I am starting something new which I hope you will continue to follow, like and share so more will know about this: PEBBLE MINE - pictures from Ground Zero:  This is Lake Clark National Park which will SHARE A BORDER with the Pebble mine. Should these kinds of American natural resources be squandered in the pursuit of fashionable jewelry? 

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