2012

16 May 2012

Pebble mine news roundup: May 16

"Pebble mine developers devote $107 million for permitting" (May 16, 2012 - The Associated Press, via Anchorage Daily News.)

Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd., a Canadian-based company in partnership with Anglo-American of Great Britain in seeking to develop the Pebble mine prospect, says $107 million has been allocated to pursue permits this fall for the mine's development. The money will be used to provide a detailed description of the project, including power requirements, employment opportunities, and efforts to mitigate environmental impacts, according to a spokesman for the Pebble Partnership. The Partnership intends to hold public meetings this fall to discuss how the mine could co-exist with the Bristol Bay fishery.

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BBNC Committee Meetings

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15 May 2012

Pebble mine news roundup: May 15

 

"EPA prepares to make Bristol Bay watershed assessment public," (May 9, 2012 - KDLG - Dillingham, via Alaska Public radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is nearly ready to release its draft watershed assessment study to the public, and all involved are eager to see the results. EPA officials say the assessment will be based on science, and will consider public comments when drafting recommendations for the final assessment. Meanwhile, environmental and conservation groups say they believe the EPA will rule against major activity in the region, while those representing Pebble Partnership and the State of Alaska say they are concerned about the potential for unprecedented rules and how that might affect other development around the state.

Hear the full story at AlaskaPublic.org.

"EPA's  Bristol Bay mining study upsets Alaska officials" (May 4, 2012 - Associated Press, via the Anchorage Daily News)

The State of Alaska continues to object to the Environmental Protection Agency's "watershed assessment" of the Bristol Bay area, which the agency launched in response to concerns raised about the development of the Pebble Mine Prospect. Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty wrote to the EPA in early March, questioning the agency's authority to do the assessment prior to development permits being sought for the mine. The EPA's Regional Administrator replied about a month later that the agency is acting within its authority. He noted the study is not a regulatory action, but is gathering information that will affect the decisions regarding Bristol Bay. Pebble Partnership, meanwhile, says the assessment is premature, and should not happen until after the company files for mining permits. The draft watershed assessment is due for release later this month. EPA officials will hear public comments, and plans to release a final decision this fall.

See the full story at the Anchorage Daily News.

 


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01 May 2012

EPA to release draft Watershed Assessment this week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release its draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment this week.

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28 April 2012

Pebble Limited Partnership EBD presentation - Togiak

The Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is presenting information about its Environmental Baseline Data (EBD) at several meetings in Bristol Bay. A water and fish consultant will be present at each of the Regional meetings to present on their disciplines.

Time: 12-3 pm

Location: Togiak Traditional Building

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27 April 2012

Pebble Watch Explores: Wetlands

Pebble Watch has posted a new fact sheet on Wetlands in its Pebble Watch Explores series. It offers a brief overview of wetlands and regulations that impact them, explains how they are related to potential development of Pebble mine, and includes relevant details from the Pebble Partnership's Environmental Baseline Document.

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27 April 2012

Wetlands

Pebble Watch Explores Wetlands in this fact sheet, with an overview of what wetlands are, how they relate to mining and permitting, and what steps are typically taken to assess the importance of a particular wetland.

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27 April 2012

Pebble Limited Partnership EBD presentation - Manokotak

The Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is presenting information about its Environmental Baseline Data (EBD) at several meetings in Bristol Bay. A water and fish consultant will be present at each of the Regional meetings to present on their disciplines.

Time: 5-8 pm

Location: Manakotak school

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25 April 2012

Pebble Limited Partnership EBD presentation - Naknek

The Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is presenting information about its Environmental Baseline Data (EBD) at several meetings in Bristol Bay. A water and fish consultant will be present at each of the Regional meetings to present on their disciplines.Residents of Naknek, King Salmon, South Naknek, Portage Creek, Clarks Point, Egegik are invited.

Time: 11 am - 2 pm

Location: Bristol Bay Auditorium

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Pebble mine news roundup: April 25

Recent Pebble mine news includes a story about Alaskans who met with Anglo-American officers in London recently, as well as comments from Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese stating his preference for developing Pebble as an underground mine.

"Bristol Bay fisheries advocates speak with London-based mining firms" (April 20, 2012 - The Cordova Times)
A group of Alaskans concerned about how development of the Pebble mine prospect might jeopardize the Bristol Bay salmon fishery met for private talks in London recently with officers of Anglo-American PLC, a major partner in the Pebble venture. Meetings included members of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Board (BBNC) and members of Nunamta Aulukestai ("Caretakers of Our Land"), which represents nine Alaska Native villages in the Bristol Bay region. Also in London for the Anglo-American annual stockholders meeting were members of three Alaska Native corporations that support the proposed mine.

Read the entire article in The Cordova Times.

"Rio Tinto CEO: No interest in Pebble Project As An Open Pit Mine" (April 19, 2012 - Fox Business News)
The Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto PLC said he opposes the idea of developing the Pebble project as an open-pit mine. Rio Tinto owns a 19.6 percent share of Northern Dynasty Minerals, a 50% member of the Pebble Limited Partnership, which seeks to develop the Pebble prospect. "I'm interested in looking at it from an underground perspective. I have no interest in looking at it from an overground perspective," Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese told shareholders at his company's recent annual meeting in London. Albanese also was quoted as saying, "An open pit mine is not the way to go...in my opinion."

Read the entire article at Fox Business News.

 

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