2012

20 September 2012

BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting - Twin Hills

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 Twin Hills will be held Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 12:00 p.m., at the Corporation Building.

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18 September 2012

About

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. Pebble Watch does not attempt to integrate or interpret data; this would occur during an Environmental Impact Statement process. Instead, we seek to help BBNC shareholders better understand data by providing summaries as well as context, such as how the data may be used in the permitting process and how it relates to regulatory benchmarks.

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15 September 2012

BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting - Newhalen

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 Newhalen will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 12:00 p.m., at the Newhalen Teen Center.

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14 September 2012

BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting - Kokhanok

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 Kokhanok will be held Friday, September 14, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., at the KCC building.

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10 September 2012

Geotechnical and Seismic Studies

Planning a large mine development requires consideration of the geotechnics and seismicity of an area to assess earthquake risk. Pebble Watch explores this topic in a new fact sheet, with an overview on the basics of geotechnics and seismicity, how they relate to mining and permitting, and what the Pebble Limited Partnership Environmental Baseline Document says on the issue.

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Pebble Watch Explores: Geotechnical and Seismic Studies

Planning a large mine development requires consideration of the geotechnics and seismicity of an area to assess earthquake risk. Pebble Watch explores this topic in a new fact sheet, with an overview on the basics of geotechnics and seismicity, how they relate to mining and permitting, and what the Pebble Limited Partnership Environmental Baseline Document says on the issue.

This fact sheet will give readers a basic understanding of the topic in advance of Keystone Center's Independent Science Panel on Geology and Geochemistry, Oct. 2 and 3. The panel is offered by the Pebble Limited Partnership and the Keystone Center to discuss information included in the Environmental Baseline Document. Read more and register to watch the panel dialogue.

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30 August 2012

Pebble mine news roundup, Aug. 30

The week's news concerning the proposed Pebble mine is varied. See stories on a Lake and Pen conflicts of interest ruling, election results and a new study on climate change.

Judge insists local leaders near Pebble mine avoid conflicts of interest (Alaska Dispatch, Aug. 25)
An Alaska Superior Court judge has told two Southwest Alaska leaders with financial ties to the proposed Pebble mine to start obeying the law. A judge told Lake and Peninsula Borough Mayor Glen Alsworth Sr. and Assemblywoman Lorene "Sue" Anelon to stop using their official positions for personal or financial gain.

See the full story.

Ballot Measure 2 goes down by wide margin (Alaska Journal of Commerce, Aug. 29)
The ballot proposition that would have reestablished a state coastal management program in Alaska was heavily defeated by voters in the state's primary election held Aug. 28. Alaska is the only coastal U.S. state that does not have a coastal management program. The state's program expired in 2011, after the state Legislature failed to extend it.

See the full story.

Arctic sea ice melts to record low (Associated Press, via the Anchorage Daily News, Aug. 27)
The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that the Arctic sea ice shrank to record lows this summer, breaking the previous record set in 2007. Data center scientist Ted Scambos told the Associated Press the melt can be blamed mostly on global warming, as well as natural elements, including a large storm earlier this month.

See the full story.

See the full report by the National Snow and ice Data Center.

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22 August 2012

Register to attend October science panels on Pebble-related topics

The Keystone Center has planned a series of Independent Science Panels (ISP) in October on topics related to environmental studies released by the Pebble Limited Partnership. The 3-day panels will be held at the Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, and they will be open to the public. However, space is limited, so attendees must register in advance.

Scheduled topics

October 2: Geology and Geochemistry

October 3: Geology and Geochemistry, Hydrology and Water Quality Studies

October 4: Hydrology and Water Quality Studies

October 9: Fish, Wildlife and Habitat

October 10: Fish, Wildlife and Habitat, Socioeconomic and Cultural Studies

October 11: Socioeconomic and Cultural Studies

TBA: A final science panel discussion exploring both mining and no-mine scenarios is planned for a later date.

Can't attend in person?

The Independent Science Panels will be broadcast and web-streamed live by KTOO on Alaska Public Television.

 

Register to attend. (Space is limited.)

More information about the Keystone Center.

Read the Keystone Center's original stakeholder assessment on the Pebble project.

See videos from the first Independent Science Panel on the topic of Responsible Large-Scale Mining.


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Pebble mine news roundup

In the Aug. 28 primary elections, voters will decide on the controversial coastal zone management initiative. Here are two stories to help you better understand the initiative and who is paying for its defense and opposition.

Alaska voters to decide coastal zone initiative (Aug. 12, Associated Press, via Anchorage Daily News)

The most expensive campaign in Alaska this year is being waged over a proposal to re-establish a coastal management program in the state.

See the full story.

Oil companies spend big against Alaska coastal initiative (Aug. 21, Alaska Dispatch)

Pebble Partnership among big mining donors

Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and BP have contributed more than $400,000 in the last three weeks to defeat a ballot measure that supporters claim would restore Alaskans' voice in federal coastal decisions.

The top mining company donors in the last three weeks were Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC, which owns Pogo gold mine outside Delta Junction, and Pebble Partnership, which proposes to develop a controversial gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska. Both contributed $75,000 toward trying to sink Ballot Measure 2.

See the full story.

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16 August 2012

Pebble mine news roundup

Recent Pebble news focuses on the EPA peer review meeting, held Aug. 7-9, and heated political discussions on whether the EPA is moving too soon have gone nationwide. The November elections could affect the future of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pebble plans move to mine permitting within months (Aug. 14, Associated Press, via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

The group seeking to develop a large gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region is on track to release a mine plan later this year or early next year.

See the story here.

Congressional GOP members fear EPA will halt Pebble early (Aug. 10, Anchorage Daily News)

Congressional Republicans are lining up against the possibility that the Environmental Protection Agency would block the proposed Pebble mine in the Bristol Bay area, a region that produces about half the world's wild sockeye salmon.

See the story here.

Industry, GOP fear power-grab by EPA in Alaska mine decision (Aug. 15, The Hill)

Industry groups and Republican lawmakers fear the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to set a new precedent in Alaska that could make it harder for companies to obtain mining permits near sensitive habitats.

Bristol Bay Native Corporation CEO Jason Metrokin is quoted, saying the EPA has the legal authority to protect salmon.

See the story here.

Wonder about how the presidential election might change the EPA? 

Mitt Romney's EPA would likely look familiar (May 7, Politico)

Mitt Romney isn't certain about climate change, wants to reverse or halt a handful of the Obama administration's environmental policies and would put the interests of business - and Congress - before the will of one of the executive branch's most embattled agencies.

But what really happens at Romney's Environmental Protection Agency?

See the story here.

 

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