EPA Blocks Critical Major Mining Mineral Project


Within a week of the memo shutting down Oil and Gas Leases, the Federal government moves to shut down the Pebble Mining Project in Alaska of the very minerals that Biden just proclaimed essential under the Defense Emergency Production Act. Its location is in a 24,000 sq mile area in Alaska. Largely undeveloped.

Copper and molybdenum for green energy technology like electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. Gold. Not for us. Possibly one of the largest mines in the world.

There are those who want to maintain a land in pristine condition. There are tradeoffs. Mining and drilling in today’s world is not what is was last century. Natural gas extraction is barely detectable. So, the choice is we will either crap up some other country and depend – if we are even lucky – for their natural resources who no doubt will use less environmentally friendly methods or we will go without, or we accept reality of the situation. The company knows that any pollution and the company will be sued out of existence and lose their permit.

We destroyed much of California’s San Joaquin farming over the Snail Darter and the Delta Smelt.

Locally on a personal note, we cannot even get a power line through our county because of the environmental concerns.

Let’s start with a brief refresher:

Enter Casey Sixkiller. Just appointed to the EPA Region 10 less than a week ago and cut in the mold of Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

He is the hatchet man for any further development in Alaska whatsoever.

We had a chance to meet Deb Haaland last week with Senator Manchin in the infamous Energy Hearing. She has been a very busy Indian Chief dispensing heap big wampum for her fellow Indian tribes. Better yet, she was planted in her position to restrict any further energy development, period.

With notable quotables:

Sen. Manchin asks Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about memo cancelling oil drilling leases.

MANCHIN: “It looks like you all are going to shut everything down.”

HAALAND: “I am sorry. I am sitting in this hearing…”

MANCHIN: “My God.”

From earlier post:

Enter Casey Sixkiller. What Deb did for energy development, Sixkiller will do for mining in Alaska:

The Biden administration proposed stringent clean water restrictions on a watershed in southwest Alaska Wednesday, a potential fatal blow to a planned critical mineral development project.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would review a proposal to prohibit the use of the Bristol Bay watershed as a discharge site for the Pebble Project, a mining project that would produce about 1.5 billion tons of critical minerals, including copper and molybdenum, over 20 years. The rule, which the agency will publish Thursday, (today) would protect Bristol Bay rivers, streams and wetlands that support the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, according to the announcement.

“Bristol Bay supports one of the world’s most important salmon fisheries,” EPA Regional Administrator Casey Sixkiller said in a statement.

The mine’s developer Pebble Partnership, though, has argued the project wouldn’t have a “discernible” effect on local salmon populations’ genetic diversity or movements. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) appeared to confirm this, saying the project “would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes to the health of the commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay” in its final environmental impact statement published in July 2020.

The Environmental Impact Statement from from the Corps:

What does the EIS Say?

Fisheries:

The impact to the Portfolio Effect would not be discernable, with no measurable change in the number of returning salmon, nor a change in genetic diversity. (EIS 4.24.41)

Economy:

The project would provide long-term beneficial impacts to the economy from employment and income in the region and state. (4.3-10)

Revenue:

Construction: $25 million annual state taxes. Operations: $84 million annual state taxes and royalty. Operations: $27 million annual severances taxes LPB. (ES 47-48)

The Pebble Partnership has also noted the importance of copper and molybdenum for green energy technology like electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels.

The EPA during the Obama administration proposed restrictions on large-scale mining in the region but they were never finalized. The Pebble partnership called those proposed restrictions unfair, saying they were based on hypothetical mine plans and that the project should have a chance to go through the permitting process.

There was litigation, and the parties in 2017 during the Trump administration reached a settlement in which the EPA agreed to initiate a process to suggest withdrawing the proposed restrictions. The agreement gave the Pebble partnership time to file a permit application with the corps, which it did.

In 2019, the EPA withdrew the proposed restrictions, removing what it called an “outdated, preemptive proposed veto of the Pebble Mine.” That move was challenged in court. The EPA last year asked a judge to vacate the withdrawal decision and send the matter back to the agency for further consideration. The request was granted. More

What does Chief Sixkiller say?  “Clearly, Bristol Bay and the thousands of people who rely on it deserve the highest level of protection,” Sixkiller said in a statement. Mining Jobs? Not so much.

Our Mr. Sixkiller:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced that President Biden appointed Casey Sixkiller to become EPA’s Regional Administrator for Region 10. Sixkiller will lead the implementation of the Biden-Harris environmental agenda in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 271 Tribal Nations.

Throughout his career, Casey crafted practical solutions to complex policy problems, defended Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, secured millions in federal funding to meet local needs, and led large, complex organizations. Sixkiller served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Seattle – the first Indigenous person in the City’s 171-year history

“Casey’s leadership dealing with critical environmental issues at the federal and local levels as well as his direct experience in the communities that have suffered far too long makes him an excellent choice to lead Region 10,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “I look forward to working with Casey to fulfill EPA’s mission.”

More at EPA

My first post on the mine was back in 2012

P.S. Sorry Tucker Carlson who supports his favorite fishing hole and is opposed to the project, you may see a few trucks swing by on your way to your end of the world fishing location. Get a grip.

Bonus if you missed it-  Casey Sixkiller very pleased.

Feds to shut down four energy producing dams

The structures are the four southernmost dams in a string of six constructed in southern Oregon and far northern California producing hydroelectric energy and built in 1918. We are apparently so flush in energy that no concern is being given for additional energy resources for replacement. Especially California. We can just import more energy from Russia…or more windmills.

The environmentalist jihad won’t stop on the Klamath River:

The project on California’s second-largest river would be at the vanguard of a push to demolish dams in the U.S. as the structures age and become less economically viable and as concerns grow about their environmental impact, particularly on fish.  AP

They were built for power generation, water conservation and flood control.

The best of the swamp today.

20 Responses to “EPA Blocks Critical Major Mining Mineral Project”

  1. The Great American Energy Scam | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

    […] EPA Blocks Critical Major Mining Mineral Project […]

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  2. Terri D. Says:

    Idiots (them and us for allowing it).

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  3. Baysider Says:

    Sixkiller. Perfect name. He ran for major in Seattle. His press release touts his “science-based leadership.” Hmm. Suggests this stupid move is very calculated then.

    Meanwhile, https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/with-taliban-in-power-china-eyes-highly-lucrative-rare-earth-mines-in-afghanistan/ar-AANvhyM#:~:text=China%20and%20Afghanistan%20inked%20an%20MOU%20in%202019,National%20Petroleum%20Corporation%20was%20officially%20signed%2C%20it%20said. Afghanistan has what Chris Martensen claims is the largest pristine (ripe for major development) copper mine on earth. They also have $80B of U.S. military equipment to help fund partnerships with China. “China appears to be eyeing to clinch lucrative projects to exploit mineral-rich Afghanistan, especially the trillions of dollars worth of rare-earth metals, as it calibrated its policy to recognise the Taliban government. Rare-earth metals in Afghanistan were estimated to be worth anywhere between USD one trillion to USD three trillion in 2020 … and are a key component for a host of advanced technologies like iPhones and hi-tech missile guidance systems.” China already has 85% of these minerals under their control. Looks like a smart piece of the Belt and Road project plan to me. So where was the United States for 20 years??

    Martensen agrees. Lots of good stuff after you get past the weekly topic of hepatitis outbreaks. I’m posting it for the Energy Economics lesson at minute 43, especially the stunning graph at 43:31, Primary Energy and Real GDP. We know this, but seeing this graphic display is sobering in light of the subject of this post and prior ones on other stupid energy moves by the Biden cabal.

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  4. geeez2014 Says:

    I have no comment about all of this BUT would like to say you are SO RIGHT about what they’ve done to the California farmlands…dry because of a tiny fish that thrives elsewhere…and, even if it didn’t, who CARES? Bunk, it gave me CHILLS about 20 years ago when some Hispanic comedian (can’t remember his name) was with Hannity IN California on a farm…they were both horrified at the blockage of much needed water…and here are the words by a thinking Councilman (Yes, SOME Californians THINK)..”I’ve been on the City Council for a while and I’m so worried that my instinct has been they’re actually TRYING to dry up the whole farmland area which feeds so much of America”….my blood went cold. TODAY, we know….this all started long ago 😦 I’ll never forget that…..AND that nothing was done about his comment…

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  5. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez Says:

    This is BIG government interfering in the state’s rights to make these decisions.

    Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution limits the powers of the states by prohibiting them from entering into…

    The BIG government has not paid attention to Article 1, Section 10 for over 50 years. States allowed this by letting the feds interfere with their rights as states. No one stood up to the feds. What do we expect now? States have become a bunch of lousy and backless boneheads. Had they said no years ago at the onset of this debate/debacle we would not be in this mess today.

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  6. Sparky Says:

    What the State’s need to do is say “shove it” to the Federal Government. Then go ahead and do these things (mining, pipelines, etc.) anyway. What are they gonna do about it? Make us work on Sundays? I double dog dare them to enforce it. It’s up to us to stand up to the tyranny. Come on “leaders”! Be bold and stand firm for the US Constitution! Everything the Fed’s are doing is illegal, immoral and they should be treated like the traitors they are.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Agree…. they are totally destroying our economy. And us as well. Double dog dare.. love it.

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    • peter3nj Says:

      Diogenes famous “search for an honest man” was his way of exposing the hypocrisy and sham of polite societal conventions. By holding a literal light up to people’s faces in broad daylight, he forced them to recognize their participation in practices that prevented them from living truthfully.
      Two thousand years ago it was polite societal conventions that bugged Diogenes. If he were alive today living in Amerika he would ditch his light and head for the nearest uninhabited desert island to escape the all pervading political , societal and cultural treachery from which there is no other escape.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        I find it rich that my first post on the mine back in 2012 was from Tucker’s Daily Caller as a source. All in favor… he manages to get up there in the middle of nowhere every couple of years for a week and America should do without one of the richest mines in the world that will supply their green energy nonsense. Gold, lots of gold. Hundreds of miles of fishing no where near the mine but he might see a truck. Well done Peter… comment on target perfectly.

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      • Mustang Says:

        We are a land of competing interests. We cannot have an honest, intellectual, knowledge-based discussion with one another (about anything), so we have settled for pendulum politics. For four or eight years one side will have their way, and then for four or eight years, the other side will have theirs. This is not “moving forward.” Among people who truly do care about these issues, all this back-and-forth is doing is making us angry. And, of course, the politicians (Biden and others) are just too stupid to realize the effects of their inane policies. I am very sorry to say that there are no “adults” in the government — only adolescents who are petty and small. Casey Sixkiller is an effective leftist politician, which is a perfect fit for Seattle. What does he care about most? Why, Casey Sixkiller’s political career, of course.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        It is the ignorance that I cannot abide. Either they can have their green stuff and all that goes with it…or they can’t. Trying to have it both ways is not an option. No new highways, pipelines, energy sources, where in the world do these people think we end up with? Its not even a debate. Common sense.

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      • Baysider Says:

        Bunk asks “where in the world do these people think we end up with?” They know damn good and well where we’ll end up, impoverished to the extent that certain “controls” will be welcomed as “relief.” Right. Relief in sheep’s clothing. In the video I posted above there’s a coherent segment about the reality of how long it takes energy to get to market. Just after the 1 hour mark.

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      • Baysider Says:

        “pendulum politics” – I have to remember that one. Mustang. Yes, a poor substitute for leadership. But when you don’t elect the Lord as the king, the judge and the lawgiver (Isaiah 33) this is what you get. The 3 branches worked great for quite awhile (each jealously guarding their own turf from the other) until they turned into a near uniform cabal against the constitution.

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    • Baysider Says:

      A generation ago during the last big energy “crisis” in Canada the government was dinking around while Alberta sat on a fortune in oil. Locals pressed to get to it. Don’t know what the Canadian version of “federalism” is, but a popular bumper sticker in the west at the time was “Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark.” I say amen!

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