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News Roundup: September 3, 2015

Recent news includes updates on President Obama's visit to Bristol Bay, Pebble Partnership's litigation against the EPA, Northern Dynasty's fundraising and future plans, and Mount Polley/Animas River spill updates.

President Obama's visit to Bristol Bay

In Dillingham, President Obama does Yup'ik dance, talks up wild Alaska salmon (September 2, 2015 - Alaska Dispatch News)

This article from Alaska Dispatch News includes several photos from President Obama's visit to Dillingham, and an overview of what he got to see and do there.

Read the full story.

Obama heads to remote reaches of Alaska on last day of tour (September 2, 2015 - Reuters)

Obama visits the Nushagak River and speaks with Alannah Hurley of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. Read the full story.

Battle over Bristol Bay pits Salmon against Gold (August 31, 2015 - NBC news)

This article summarizes the Pebble mine debate within the context of President Obama's visit to Dillingham: "The showdown will be highlighted when President Barack Obama...visits the nearby city of Dillingham to talk to fisherman on Wednesday who are convinced the salmon fishery and the Pebble Mine — which could bring in an estimated $64


Timeline of Pebble events


Pebble Watch has updated its "Permitting Timeline" resource to reflect an overview of major events related to development of the Pebble deposit and a general summary of permitting/production timelines.

Mount Polley Tailings Dam Breach Reports & Investigations

Several reports have been published related to various aspects of the August 2014 tailings pond failure at Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. Additional investigations are still underway, from the Canadian government as well as from mine owner Imperial Metals.*


Lessons from Mount Polley

“It’s probable Mount Polley will get a permit to open in the next couple of weeks.”  – Bill Bennett, British Columbia Energy and Mines Minister, June 30, 2015

After the tailings dam breached at Mount Polley mine in British Columbia, Canada, last August and discharged contaminants into a Fraser River tributary, Alaska developers urged the public to avoid speculation on the cause and wait for a thorough investigation to be conducted. The Mount Polley breach would provide lessons for mining companies all over the world, Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) CEO Tom Collier said. 

Now that the mine is likely to reopen, what lessons have been learned?

At the time of the breach, some Alaskans expressed concern about the dam failure for a few reasons. Mount Polley is owned by Imperial Metals, the same company that recently opened the Red Chris copper mine upstream from the Stikine River, noted as one of the largest salmon habitats in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Additionally, the engineer of record for the failed tailings dam at Mount Polley is Knight Piesold, the same company PLP contracted to design the tailings facility at the proposed Pebble mine.


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