December 2011

28 December 2011

Environmental & Energy news takes in-depth look at Pebble debate

Pebble Watch regularly provides news round-ups with links to articles related to development of the proposed Pebble Mine. In a recent two-part series published online in Environmental and Energy News, reporter Gabriel Nelson takes an in-depth look at the debate.

Part 1: SALMON: Battle for Bristol Bay, a resource struggle for the ages

Part 2: MINING: Pebble prospect divides Alaskans in land of plenty

Environmental & Energy news previously covered this topic during interviews with Bristol Bay Native Corporation CEO Jason Metrokin and Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively. Read more about those interviews here

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27 December 2011

December Pebble Watch newsletter now available

dec2012newsimageThe December issue of the Pebble Watch newsletter is being mailed this week, and is available for download in the Newsletters section of our website now.

This issue focuses on a question the EPA is asking in its Bristol Bay watershed assessment: "Is the Bristol Bay salmon fishery the world-class fishery it is depicted to be?" The Pebble Watch team also examines documents currently available online, including a Preliminary Assessment of the Pebble project and EPA's conceptual diagrams related to the watershed assessment.

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19 December 2011

BBNC shareholders hear from EPA

EPA Manager Rick Parkin presented an update of EPA's Bristol Bay watershed assessment to Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders at their annual Village Leadership Workshop in Anchorage in early December.

The update outlined the work the watershed assessment team has done so far and summarized some of their preliminary findings.

Among these, said Parkin, was the fact that "Bristol Bay, including the Nushagak and Kvichak watersheds, hosts one of the few remaining vital, viable and sustainable indigenous cultures relying on wild salmon in the U.S. and perhaps the world."

More than 50 interviews with elders contributed to EPA's study of the indigenous cultures of the Bristol Bay area. Participants answered the question: "What is the importance of salmon in the lives of the people of the Bristol Bay villages?" Parkin commented that the messages received during the interviews have been "quite consistent."

"Overall, what we think we're seeing are healthy cultures that are growing," he said. "Subsistence hunting continues to provide Native people with up to 80 percent of their protein."

Also notable, he said: "The culture has not been broken or significantly modified by Western impact. There are strong links to the past."

Parkin concluded his presentation with an updated schedule for the watershed assessment. The next step will be a call for public input for candidates who will serve as peer reviewers of the watershed assessment. That announcement will appear in the Federal Register, and will also be summarized here at PebbleWatch. You'll find more information about peer review, what it is and why it is important, in the December issue of the PebbleWatch newsletter.

The presentation was among several Parkin presented to interested groups, organizations and businesses in December.

Download a PDF version of the entire EPA presentation, including the updated schedule.

More information on the EPA Watershed Assessment.

Questions? Write EPA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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