FRONTLINE: Alaska Gold: A War of Resources: The Fish or the Mine?
Catalogue Number: 041595
Producer: PBS Video
Subject: Current Events, Environmental Studies, Global Issues, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Copyright Year: 2012
Running Time: 60
Closed Captions: Yes
The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild Sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It's also home to enormous mineral deposits - copper, gold, molybdenum - estimated to be worth some $300 billion. Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America's largest open-pit mines, the Pebble Mine, at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. FRONTLINE travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.
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