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Veterans Group Opposes Pebble Mine in Powerful New Television Ad

By VoteVets.org  |  Press Release
PUBLISHED: January 22, 2014

VoteVets.org leading the charge, with ad featuring Iraq War Veteran who is also a Commercial Fisherman  

 

ANCHORAGE, AK – With over 360,000 supporters, the veterans’ group, VoteVets.org, is releasing a powerful new television ad, today, featuring an Iraq War Veteran and commercial fisherman, opposing the Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, on the grounds that it will threaten tens of thousands of jobs, many of which are held by veterans.  The ad buy will saturate the area airwaves with 200 points on broadcast and cable, for a total of $25,000, and will run for one week.  Money for the ad was raised recently, through online donations to VoteVets, for its work on the issue.

The ad can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecd8j4XVCKg .  A full script is below. 

The ad features Random Reamey, an Iraq War Veteran from Dillingham, AK, who is also a commercial fisherman.  In the ad, following footage of a violent IED explosion, like was seen in Iraq, Reamey says, “That’s the kind of mine I was up against for two tours in Iraq.  Here’s the kind I’m fighting today. Pebble Mine.”  Footage when shows examples of mining waste, as Reamey continues, “If built, scientists say it could create ten billion tons of waste.  Even a small leak could wipe out the fish…and kill over ten thousand jobs.  I fought for my country overseas.  I shouldn’t have to fight a foreign company to protect my job here at home.  Look, I support mining, but not this one, not in Bristol Bay.”

The facts back up Reamey’s words.  After an exhaustive three-year study, the Environmental Protection Agency found that Pebble Mine would significantly threaten the region’s salmon run in the near and far-terms, impacting the thousands of jobs that rely on the salmon.  Even if no accidents happen, up to 94 miles of streams would be destroyed in the mere build-out of the project, including losses of between 5 and 22 miles of streams known to provide salmon spawning and rearing habitat.  Part of the design for the project are dam walls designed to hold up to 10 billion tons of waste – including toxic waste.  A small leak would significantly impact the salmon fishery.

Just this past weekend, Senator Mark Begich announced his opposition to the project, as well, stating that the project presented, “too many potential long-term impacts to a fishery that is pretty critical to that area but also to Alaska, to world markets."

VoteVets.org has stood against Pebble Mine for months, collecting 25,000 petition signatures calling on the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the project.

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 360,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

 

 

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“Up Against”
:30 Television Ad, VoteVets.org

 

Visual

Audio

Open on footage of IED’s / land mines. Cut to veteran.

SFX: Explosions

Cut out to shot of veteran. Cut out to open pit mining explosions.

 

Random Reamey,

Dillingham AK, Iraq Veteran, Commercial Fisherman

RR SYNC/VO:  That’s the kind of mine I was up against for two tours in Iraq.  Here’s the kind I’m fighting today. Pebble Mine. 

Shots of mining waste. 

 

Pebble Mine: Ten billion tons of waste

-       Pebble Limited Partnership

RR VO:  If built, scientists say it could create ten billion tons of waste.

Random to camera.  Cut to commercial fishing vessel.

 

Pebble Mine: Kill over ten thousand jobs

RR SYNC/VO: Even a small leak could wipe out the fish…and kill over ten thousand jobs. 

Cut to shot of Random overseas in uniform.  Cut to Random to camera.

RR VO/SYNC: I fought for my country overseas…I shouldn’t have to fight a foreign company to protect my job here at home.

Pebble Mine: Not worth the risk.

 

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Paid for by Vote Vets Action Fund

RR VO:  Look…I support mining, but not this one, not in Bristol Bay.

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