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Nature and Environment
“Red Gold”

Travis Rummel, Ben Knight (USA) - 60 min

Saturday, 14. Nov. 2009 from 08:00 Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

The Bristol Bay region of Alaska is home to the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Now, two foreign mining companies have partnered to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit and underground mines at the headwaters of the two rivers, anticipating a combined deposit of copper, gold and molybdenum. Despite promises of a clean project by officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has sparked deep concern from Alaskans who love and depend upon Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery.