December 2012

28 December 2012

Pebble Watch update: new permitting guide

permittinguidePebble Watch has published an updated permitting guide, which gives an overview of the types of permits that would likely be required for the proposed Pebble mine. 

The guide includes a list of major and minor permits, associated public comment periods (if any), links to agencies that will likely be involved in permitting, and a resource section for further reading on permitting and regulations related to developing a large-scale mine in Alaska.

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26 December 2012

"Bristol Bay Forever" initiative application certified by state

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has certified an application for a ballot initiative that proponents are calling “Bristol Bay Forever.” The initiative would allow Alaska residents to vote on a proposed bill that would require legislative approval before certain large-scale metallic sulfide mines could be developed in the Bristol Bay area. “Bristol Bay Forever” will go on the ballot if its sponsors collect 30,169 signatures of qualified voters.

State of Alaska press release

“Bristol Bay Forever” initiative 

Finding from Attorney General’s office 

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04 December 2012

Keystone Center posts videos of October science panels

KeystonePanelVideos of science panels held in Anchorage in October to discuss portions of Pebble Limited Partnership's (PLP) Environmental Baseline Document are now online at the Keystone Center website.

The Keystone Center was contracted by PLP to conduct a dialogue on the proposed Pebble mine. Part of that process included science panels, during which independent scientists were asked to volunteer to review environmental studies released by PLP in January 2012.

The October science panels included presentations from PLP-contracted scientists, many of whom included updates to their January studies. Independent scientists then offered their own critiques, followed by give-and-take discussion.

The Keystone Center has split the proceedings into 55 short segments to make it more accessible to viewers.

According to Keystone Center's Todd Bryan, a summary report of recommendations from will be available by the end of 2012.

Watch now at Keystone's website.

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Highlights - Hydrology sessions

Highlights - Geology and geochemistry sessions

Read the October 2012 newsletter focusing on the science panels.

Pebble Watch Q & A with Keystone Center's Todd Bryan

 

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