2012

19 July 2012

July 2012

July 2012

Pebble Watch explores the connection between Bristol Bay cultures, fish and water, and lists potential risks of large-scale copper mining to the Bristol Bay fishery.

 

 

 

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17 July 2012

Online overview of EPA watershed assessment: Tuesday and Thursday this week

Register to see an online presentation about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The overview was presented at the public meetings held in Alaska communities in June. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the document if you were not able to attend a meeting, or if you are still drafting comments on the assessment.

Webinar dates/times

Register by July 23 for August EPA meetings

Interested in commenting or observing at the peer review meetings for the EPA's Bristol Bay watershed assessment? They will take place in Anchorage from August 7-9, but you must register by July 23.

The panel will review the scientific and technical merits of the draft EPA Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The public may comment on Tuesday, August 7, and observe on Wednesday, August 8.

Read details about how the meeting is organized and how you can participate.

Sign up in advance to observe or comment.

Read more about the peer review team.

Submit comments on the watershed assessment

Review Pebble Watch's quick guide to the assessment.

Review the full assessment.

Send EPA your message.

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16 July 2012

Summer reading: Pebble Watch July 2012 newsletter

The July 2012 Pebble Watch newsletter is now available online. This issue features an article describing Bristol Bay cultures and their connections with salmon and water. Readers will find a list of risk factors associated with large-scale copper mining and a simple guide to documents related to development of the proposed Pebble mine.


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13 July 2012

Dan Rather reports on Pebble debate in Bristol Bay

Former CBS reporter Dan Rather reports on the Pebble mine debate in the Bristol Bay region. Seen exclusively on Yahoo.com, the video report, titled "Red Gold," shows interviews with local residents on both sides of the issue. Residents interviewed were from Egegik, Iliamna, Nondalton and Port Alsworth. The written story that accompanies the video focuses on Glen Alsworth Sr., chairman of the Lake and Peninsula Borough, commercial pilot and business owner in the area.

Watch the video and the read the story.

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11 July 2012

EPA to host online presentation of watershed assessment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting two webinars to give an overview of the draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment. This overview was presented at the public meetings held in Anchorage, Dillingham, Seattle and other Bristol Bay communities in June. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the document if you were not able to attend a meeting, or if you are still drafting comments on the assessment.
You must register to attend. Webinars are scheduled for:

You can see the presentation EPA presented during the public sessions here. You can also read Pebble Watch's overview of the watershed assessment here.

EPA also will go over the ways that you can send in your comments to EPA before the July 23 deadline. For more information:  www.epa.gov/bristolbay

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10 July 2012

Two deadlines for July 23

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set Monday, July 23 as a final deadline for submitting written comments on its draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment and for signing up to participate in peer review panel meetings set for August.

Sign up to observe or comment during peer review panel proceedings

A 12-member peer review panel will meet in Anchorage on August 7-9 to review the scientific and technical merits of the draft EPA Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The public is welcome to participate on Tuesday, August 7 and observe on Wednesday, August 8, but individuals must sign up to do so by Monday, July 23.

Submit comments on the watershed assessment

 

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05 July 2012

Updated: EPA will not extend the watershed assessment comment period

Updated, with responses from officials.

Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today they will not extend the comment period for the Bristol Bay watershed assessment. The deadline for comment remains July 23.

"The 60-day comment period announced with the proposal is consistent with the length of time the Agency has historically provided for complex scientific assessments of comparable scope and detail," the agency said in a written release.

In addition to the public comment process, the draft assessment will be evaluated by an independent peer review panel of scientists. EPA also has conducted outreach to the subsistence and commercial fishing community since the draft assessment was released to ensure they are able to provide comment to help inform any final assessment, along with input from other important stakeholders including the public, the agency said in the announcement.

"In order to ensure that the final assessment is released in a timely fashion, it is imperative that this process move forward on schedule," the EPA said.

The EPA had received requests for an extension during its public meetings - held in Seattle May 31 and in Anchorage and the Bristol Bay region in early June - including requests from officials with Pebble Partnership and at least one member of the Congressional delegation.

For infomation on how to comment, go here.

Responses from officials regarding the EPA announcement

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the EPA's budget.

"The EPA's refusal to provide additional time for the public to comment on the draft watershed assessment for Bristol Bay demonstrates, once again, that the agency does not understand Alaska," Murkowski said in a written release. "There is no deadline - other than the one arbitrarily imposed by the EPA - that requires the agency to act now."

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04 July 2012

BBNC Holiday

BBNC will be closed on Independence Day

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BBNC Holiday

BBNC office will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

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29 June 2012

Pebble news updates

Northern Dynasty issues press release on peer review "charge" questions

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. has responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) call for public comment on the draft charge it has provided to peer reviewers to assess the quality and sufficiency of scientific presented in the agency's draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, according to a press release. Northern Dynasty says the draft charge to peer reviewers is artificially narrow and will prohibit the 12 independent experts from fully assessing whether the scope, methodology, underlying assumptions, data sources and analysis presented in the draft report are adequate to achieve the assessment's stated purpose.

Read the full press release here.

Mining Weekly also has a story on the release. Find it here.

 

New York Times contributor blogs from Bristol Bay

Award-winning author and New York Times contributor Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller "Four Fish," is blogging via satellite as he travels down the Stuyahok River with the Alaska guide and longtime outdoorsman Mark Rutherford.

His first installment, "Bristol Bay Dispatch #1: a future copper and gold mine and an ancient, unknown fish," can be found here.

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