The proposed Pebble Mine will disrupt pristine Alaskan wilderness and the wildlife that inhabits it with the massive infrastructure required to support mining and transporting billions of tons of copper ore from remote Alaska to Asia. If approved and built, I think the Pebble Mine will be the most atrocious and intentional environmental disaster of the next decade.
The Pebble Deposit contains low-grade ore in the Alaskan tundra. It will require an astronomically large open pit mine, and along with that, massive tailings ponds to store the toxic liquid waste associated with processing for centuries.
An extensive road and shipping network will be required to move the minerals from the remote Alaskan wilderness to Asia. New shipping lanes will take the ore part way across the landscape via Alaska's largest lake, Iliamna. Then it will be passed off to trucks that will haul it over mountains between Katmai and Lake Cark National Parks and Preserves via dozens of miles of new road. From there it will get on a massive cargo ship, which will dock a new, deepwater port.
Map from NPCA
It is fact that it will destory southeastern Alaska's ecology as we know it. Ships, trucks, roads, and ports in the lakes, mountains, and ocean will upset the salmon runs, and the salmon runs are the vital food source to the apex predator of the area, the grizzly. When the grizzly falls, nature there will never be the same. The enviromental destruction will happen even quicker if the dams of tailings ponds fail from an earthquake in 9-magnitude country or if the mine operators get sloppy and dump contaminated water into the watershed.
These beautiful Salmon runs are most threatened:
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📷: From imagessure.com. Bistol Bay, the most threaten watershed.