The Controversial Pebble Mine project, was fined this week for unauthorized water use. The mine currently in the developmental stage is set in Alaska’s Bristol Bay home to the Worlds largest Salmon run. The mining companies have agreed to pay a $ 45,000 fine to the state due to the unauthorized drilling of water for the exploration of gold and copper deposits. Because of this their permits to continue exploration have been suspended. In order to get them reinstated they will be closely monitored to ensure water is drilled in the agreed area.
The project has been plagued with issues and opposition from the beginning with many fearing it will damage the salmon run in the area, some large Jewelers even plan to boycott any gold mined from the area.