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?
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)
The project would provide long-term beneficial impacts to the economy from employment and income in the region and state. (4.3-10)
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 Lisa Jackson’s EPA puts $220 Billion of investments at risk
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.
March 1, 2022 — bunkerville
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.