2012

28 May 2012

BBNC Holiday

BBNC office will be closed on Memorial Day

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BBNC Holiday

The BBNC office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

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26 May 2012

EPA Watershed Assessment

Pebble Watch Explores the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment in this title, giving an overview of what it is, how it relates to development of the Pebble mine, and how readers can give public input on the document.

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25 May 2012

EPA watershed assessment: Public meeting dates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment page with updated public input meeting dates, times and locations. Visit this page for the latest news, as well as a link to the complete draft of the Watershed Assessment, which was released to the public on May 18, 2012. Public input on the assessment will be taken until July 23, 2012.

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23 May 2012

Pebble news updates

EPA report ‘pure hubris,' says Northern Dynasty CEO as shares capitulate (May 23, Creamer Media's Mining Weekly)

Shares in Northern Dynasty dropped like a stone on Tuesday, after a US government draft environmental report raised concerns about the contentious Pebble copper project in Alaska, of which it owns half. The publication had a damaging effect on Northern Dynasty's share price on Tuesday, when the TSX opened following the Victoria Day long weekend. Its stock dropped 34.7% to end the day at C$2.60 - the lowest level since November 2008.

See the full story here.

Also, Pebble Watch received the following notice from The Keystone Center, a nonprofit organization. Click "Read More" to see the notice in full:

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21 May 2012

Pebble news roundup: May 21

The Environmental Protection Agency's May 18 release of its draft "external review" of the Bristol Bay watershed and potential impacts of large-scale mining development on the world's last remaining large wild salmon fishery, other wildlife and Alaska Native culture rocketed through U.S. media outlets. The Associated Press's reporting of the study's preliminary finding was posted on several Alaska media sites, as well as blog sites for various environmental groups. It also was posted on the websites of the major media groups around the country, including the Washington Post and the MSNBC news. We've posted some links.

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18 May 2012

Updated: EPA releases draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency today released its draft scientific study of the Bristol Bay watershed.

The report - three sections at nearly 400 pages each - concludes there is "potential for certain activities associated with large-scale mining to have adverse impacts on the productivity and sustainability of the salmon fishery in the watershed."

Potential impacts could include loss of habitat used for salmon spawning and rearing, the agency said in a written release announcing the draft assessment.

Key findings in EPA's draft assessment include:

-  All five species of North American Pacific salmon are found in Bristol Bay. The Bristol Bay watershed supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The Kvichak River produces more sockeye salmon than any other river in the world. The Nushagak River is the fourth largest producer of Chinook salmon in North America.

- Bristol Bay's wild salmon fishery and other ecological resources provide at least 14,000 full and part-time jobs and is valued at about $480 million annually.

- The average annual run of sockeye salmon is about 37.5 million fish.

- Bristol Bay provides habitat for numerous animal species, including 35 fish species, more than 190 bird species and 40 animal species.

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EPA releases draft watershed assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency today released its draft scientific study of the Bristol Bay watershed.

Read the release here.

Check back at PebbleWatch.com for more details and links.

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BBNC Board Meeting

BBNC Board Meeting

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17 May 2012

BBNC Committee Meetings

BBNC Committee Meetings

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