Nathan Slaughter

A Canadian mining company is punching back after being hit with an uppercut by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Northern Dynasty Minerals (AMEX: NAK) is a co-owner of the Pebble project, a polymetallic deposit located 200 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. The site contains copious amounts of gold, copper and molybdenum. 

Northern Dynasty and a 50/50 European partner have put significant financial resources into studying and assessing the mine in the hope of one day pulling out its vast riches. And there is no disputing the wealth that Pebble holds: 67 million ounces of gold, 3.3 billion pounds molybdenum and 55 billion pounds of copper.

But those hopes may have just been dashed, or at least delayed.

The EPA recently released a harsh watershed assessment report that outlines numerous concerns, most notably the potential threat of a dam breach that could leak waste material from the mine into the surrounding Bristol Bay -- one of the world's largest salmon fisheries.
This is not the final word on the project, but the opposition does present a formidable roadblock to future development. The market reacted swiftly, lopping nearly 40% off Northern Dynasty shares over a brutal three-day selloff.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I see a potential opportunity...

My Scarcity & Real Wealth readers know that I seldom see eye-to-eye with the EPA. And while I don't agree with its ruling, the EPA may have just handed investors an opportunity to take a flier on this stock -- and potentially score big.

My take on the ruling
As a Louisiana native and avid fisherman, I witnessed firsthand the damage caused by BP's (NYSE: BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and understand the importance of protecting waterways. I don't think anyone would dispute the need for common sense safeguards.

Nathan Slaughter

Nathan Slaughter is Chief Investment Strategist of Market Advisor, Scarcity & Real Wealth, and Energy & Income at