18 January 2011
While at the Keystone Center forum, Pebble Watch heard of a resource we think would be helpful to shareholders. The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) offers a 'toolkit' (in PDF form) to help mining companies and indigenous peoples navigate issues surrounding engagement and participation, impact management, agreements, benefits sharing and dealing with grievances.
Anglo American, a Pebble developer, is one of the 18 mining and metal companies belonging to ICMM. According to the ICMM website, organization members all agree to subscribe to the principles of sustainable development and respect for the environment.
Here is a link to "Good Practice Guide: Indigenous Peoples and Mining."
Find more information about ICMM here.
13 January 2011
A December 2010 National Geographic magazine article explores possible environmental and economic effects the Pebble mine may have on the surrounding area and residents. "Alaska's Choice: Salmon or Gold,"focuses on topics that may be impacted by mine development, including salmon runs, industrial growth, job creation, utility prices, air quality and other issues now on the minds of Bristol Bay residents and mine developers. Communities mentioned include Iliamna, Dillingham and Naknek.
07 January 2011
Pebble Watch members were in attendance at the much-anticipated December 3 forum focusing on contentious environmental and scientific issues surrounding the proposed Pebble mine. The day-long discussion focused on responsible large-scale mining and global perspectives.
The Keystone Center, a non-profit organization located in Keystone, Colorado, was contracted by the Pebble Partnership to conduct several independent science panels and review the Pebble project. Panel members touched on many topics over the course of the day. The five panelist's presentations have been posted online at Keystone's website at the following links:
Keystone opened the meeting by addressing concerns about the contract between their company and the Pebble Partnership. Keystone pointed to its solid track record of maintaining independence from clients while conducting work. In addition, panel members served without compensation, except for modest travel expenses.
The goals of the upcoming panels are to help community members evaluate the extensive environmental and socioeconomic reports and studies conducted by the Pebble Partnership.
Read more about the Keystone Center here.
The next Keystone event has been tentatively scheduled for March, but a date has not yet been set. Check back with our Calender if you are interested in more information or attending one of the upcoming panel forums.
Among information presented at the BBNC board's Land Committee meeting in early December was an update on Pebble activities. Main points included project cost updates and workforce statistics:
The above figures were provided by Pebble Limited Partnership in 2010.
About Pebble Watch
Pebble Watch is an impartial, educational and fact-based initiative of the BBNC Land Department to disseminate information regarding the proposed Pebble Mine project to BBNC shareholders and interested parties.