Sitting in a covered, neat lobby beside indistinguishable lines of beige padded seats, my eyes sprang up with tears as I viewed the promulgation video set forth by the Pebble Partnership specifying their stage one intent to fabricate a monstrous mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

Thirty years prior, a tremendous second-rate storage of gold and copper was found in the slopes of a water-rich basin inside a remote area in southwest Alaska. It was at the headwaters of two of the eight noteworthy waterways that stream into Bristol Bay. It’s a little more than four thousand miles away.

The locale maintains world-class sports angling and chasing, and an indigenous subsistence culture that has flourished for centuries. The Bay itself is well-known for the fishery business that provisions over a large portion of the world’s sockeye salmon. Rock mine benefactors are requesting that we barter the gold in the slopes for the salmon in the streams.