It is difficult to imagine a worse pick than Jason Brune for DEC commissioner. He has spent the last two decades advocating for virtually every mining project in Alaska. He was literally the spokesman for the Pebble Mine.
- Jason Brune has spent the bulk of his career working for mining companies or their advocacy groups.
- 11 years as executive director of the Resources Development Council, a mining group.
- 3 years as spokesman for the Pebble Mine
- Board member of Alaska Miners Association
- Ran a mining industry PAC to spend corporate money in Alaska elections
- He was not honest in the Senate Resources Committee. He said he has not made his mind up yet on Pebble. He has. He has repeatedly said he favors the mine.
- He has been extremely pro-Pebble on social media.
- He is simply not neutral. He cannot be a fair decision-maker on Pebble.
- Because he has spent his entire career in industry, he will probably do that again when he leaves. He shouldn’t be auditioning for his next mining job while he is issuing mining permits.
When I interviewed for my job with Cook Inletkeeper in 1995, the hiring committee handed me a draft Clean Water Act permit for oil and gas discharges in Cook Inlet, and asked me how I would change it to reduce pollution. Twenty four years later I still don’t have an answer. The permit covers oil […]
Since Pebble reared its head more than 15 years ago, its supporters have told many lies.
Our conclusion: the Pebble EIS is a bad joke. It’s incomplete. It’s unscientific. And for every Alaskan who cares about Bristol Bay, it’s wholly unacceptable.
With the recent release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Pebble mine in record-fast time, Alaskans have been dismayed at the slapdash efforts of our federal and state governments to ram through a thin and incomplete review for a giant gold mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. And one of the gravest […]
The proposed Pebble mine in southwest Alaska stands out for a variety reasons, including the fact it would be the first large-scale, open pit mine in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay – the richest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. But with the recent release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the […]