2012

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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      24 September 2012

      EPA Peer Review report expected soon

      A report from the peer review panel that evaluated EPA's draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment is expected to become available to the public this week, according to Judy Smith, community involvement coordinator for EPA's Region 10.

      The peer review panel met in Anchorage in August, listened to public comments and discussed the watershed assessment in both open and closed meetings.

      Pebble Watch will post a link to the report when it becomes available.

      Read about day one of the peer review team meeting, when members of the public addressed the panel

      Read about day two of the peer review team meeting, when the panel discussed the watershed assessment

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      News roundup, Sept. 24

      Here is the latest news on the proposed Pebble mine and the Bristol Bay area.

      Panelists to review science surrounding Pebble mine (Associated Press, via Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 24)

      The heated battle over the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports that have only added more fuel to the fight. See the full story.

      Pebble: Judge says Alaska must revise Bristol Bay land-use changes (Alaska Dispatch, Sept. 21)

      An agreement recently approved by a judge will require the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to revise its land-use plan for Bristol Bay. The settlement ends a 2009 lawsuit filed by Trout Unlimited, area Native tribes and fishermen against the state, in opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine. See the full story.

      Pebble mine’s problems underline environmental tensions in Alaska (Mining Weekly, Sept. 14)

      Mining companies small and large are bringing their primary exploration and development campaigns to a close. Environmental scrutiny from various lobby groups, nongovernment organizations and government departments has never been more stringent. At times the debate can become heated. See the full story.

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      22 September 2012

      BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting - New Stuyahok

      BBNC shareholders are invited to join BBNC for a summary of corporation activities, questions and answers, and cash door prizes! Lunch or dinner will be provided. The informational meeting in New Stuyahok will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 12:00 p.m., at the New Stuyahok Village Council.

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      21 September 2012

      BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting - Dillingham

      BBNC shareholders are invited to join BBNC for a summary of corporation activities, questions and answers, and cash door prizes! Lunch or dinner will be provided. The informational meeting in Dillingham will be held Friday, September 21, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., at the Dillingham Elementary School.

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      20 September 2012

      BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting - Togiak

      BBNC shareholders are invited to join BBNC for a summary of corporation activities, questions and answers, and cash door prizes! Lunch or dinner will be provided. The informational meeting in Togiak will be held Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., at the Togiak High School.

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