October 2012

05 October 2012

Highlights from Keystone science panels on hydrology

The Keystone Center, funded by Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), organized six days of science panels, held in October 2012, to discuss the Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) published by PLP. Pebble Watch attended many of these panels, and has provided highlights of those discussions.

October 4, 2012 - Panel on hydrology

Scientists who worked as contractors on the Pebble Limited Partnership’s Environmental Baseline Document opened the third day of Keystone Center science panels by presenting information on water balance, hydrologic modeling and water quality. The event, open to members of the public who preregistered, took place at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Consortium Library.

Panelists began with general praise for the sheer amount of data included in the Environmental Baseline Document. In more focused discussion and questions, panelists then homed in on subjective data decisions—such as calibrations or the choice to discard unusually high and low numbers—and challenged consultants to document such decisions more clearly.

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04 October 2012

Keystone Center dialogue on "Geology, Geochemistry, Hydrology, and Water Quality"

The Keystone Center has assembled a series of independent science panels to help stakeholders understand and evaluate baseline studies and a proposed mining plan. Independent science panels will be assembled from academic institutions, government research agencies, and non-governmental organizations that engage in objective scientific studies.

The Independent Science Panel event on "Hydrology and Water Quality Studies" will take place in Anchorage, Alaska at the UAA Consortium Library, Room 307. This event will begin with a half day (afternoon) on October 3, 2012 and a full day on October 4, 2012.

The event will be filmed by 360 North and streamed through a live online broadcast. Participants in remote areas may submit questions and comments by email during the events. An online registration link will be activated an can be accessed at www.keystone.org/pebble. For additional information contact Todd Bryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Highlights from Keystone science panels on geology and geochemistry

The Keystone Center, funded by Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), organized six days of science panels, held in October 2012, to discuss the Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) published by PLP. Pebble Watch attended many of these panels, and has provided highlights of those discussions.

October 2 and 3 - Geology/geochemistry

Keystone Center's science panel on geology and geochemistry concluded Wednesday morning at the Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, with panelists providing recommendations for further study in some areas where they had concerns. Members of the public also had a chance ask questions -  in person, and by email for those watching the proceedings online.

Paul Frost, commerial fisherman from Togiak addresses Keystone Center panel.Paul Frost, a commercial fisherman from Togiak, addressed the panel with questions about how exactly Pebble would get "the minerals ... the money ... separated from the dirt." He wanted to know if it was clear how weather issues would affect the site, how the above- and below-ground river systems would be affected, and how negative effects would be mitigated. While he said he was thankful for the studies, Frost also said he was having a hard time envisioning how it would all work. He was also worried about the quality of how a mine plan would be implemented. "At some point it's going to be a construction guy like me with the 966 [wheel loader], and the boss is sitting over there with a cup of coffee."

The panel format involved scientists contracted by the Pebble Limited Partnership describing research they had completed in the Bristol Bay area between 2004 and 2008. Members of the science panels who had reviewed the studies came to the meetings ready to provide their take on Pebble's science.

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03 October 2012

Pebble Watch interview with Keystone Center's Todd Bryan

In September 2012, Pebble Watch interviewed Todd Bryan, senior associate with the Keystone Center, about its role organizing science panel reviews of Pebble Limited Partnership's Environmental Baseline Document (EBD). This Q&A provides detailed answers from Bryan regarding the panels. A companion story is in the October 2012 issue of the Pebble Watch newsletter.

Has Keystone ever taken on a dialogue of this type/size?

This (type of dialogue) has never been done, as far as I know, any place in the world. We’ve done a lot of dialogues, but there are several ways this is different. One is the sheer scale of it. This is probably the largest resource development project currently anywhere in the world. In terms of the amount of information/data, it’s fairly significant in size. What is really unique also is that the industry was willing to do it. That’s very rare. When I talk to people at EPA who are interested in mining issues, who study mining projects in the U.S. and other parts of the world, they are blown away by the willingness of the mining company to do it. They say, “They are really letting you do this?”

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03 October 2012

Keystone Center dialogue on "Geology, Geochemistry, Hydrology, and Water Quality"

The Keystone Center has assembled a series of independent science panels to help stakeholders understand and evaluate baseline studies and a proposed mining plan. Independent science panels will be assembled from academic institutions, government research agencies, and non-governmental organizations that engage in objective scientific studies.

The Independent Science Panel event on "Geology and Geochemistry" which will take place in Anchorage, Alaska at the UAA Consortium Library, Room 307. This event will be held the morning of October 3, 2012. The second half of the day will cover the Hydrology and Water Quality Studies.  

The event will be filmed by 360 North and streamed through a live online broadcast. Participants in remote areas may submit questions and comments by email during the events. An online registration link will be activated an can be accessed at www.keystone.org/pebble. For additional information contact Todd Bryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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02 October 2012

Keystone panel discussions under way

Keystone Center panel discussion agenda, Oct. 2-4

You can find the agenda here.

Watch the meeting live here.

Here are a couple of news stories from the past week.

Keystone researcher withdraws, another excused from review of Pebble mine project (The Republic, Oct. 1)

One researcher has withdrawn and another has been excused from participation in the upcoming review of studies released by the group behind a massive mine project in Southwest Alaska. Both David Montgomery's withdrawal and Daniel Schindler's dismissal came last month, just weeks before the start of what has been touted as an independent, objective look at the science put forth by the Pebble Limited Partnership. Read the full story.

GOP presses EPA on Alaska mine review (The Hill, Sept. 30)

Oversight Republicans in the House are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about a mine review in Alaska that they argue could spook energy investors nationwide. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and panel member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are demanding a briefing on EPA’s watershed impact tests for a proposed mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, according to a letter obtained by The Hill. Read the full story.

 

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Keystone Center dialogue on "Geology, Geochemistry, Hydrology, and Water Quality"

The Keystone Center has assembled a series of independent science panels to help stakeholders understand and evaluate baseline studies and a proposed mining plan. Independent science panels will be assembled from academic institutions, government research agencies, and non-governmental organizations that engage in objective scientific studies.

The first Independent Science Panel event on "Geology and Geochemistry" will take place in Anchorage, Alaska at the UAA Consortium Library, Room 307. This is an all day event.

The event will be filmed by 360 North and streamed through a live online broadcast. Participants in remote areas may submit questions and comments by email during the events. An online registration link will be activated an can be accessed at www.keystone.org/pebble. For additional information contact Todd Bryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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01 October 2012

Newsletter details Keystone science panels

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Readers of Pebble Watch are now familiar with scientific topics related to the Bristol Bay region. This month they can participate in science panels related to the Pebble Partnership's Environmental Baseline Document. The October 2012 issue of the Pebble Watch newsletter gives background about these science panels and also addresses why scientists need raw data to properly evaluate a scientific document.

 

     

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