15 March 2013
In its January newsletter, Pebble Watch reported on legislative happenings and events related to the development of the proposed Pebble mine. Here are updates to those issues:
Keystone science panels
The Keystone Center is still finalizing plans for its next set of science panels on vegetation, wetlands, wildlife and endangered species. Originally planned for late April in Dillingham, the panels will likely now be held in Anchorage due to travel restrictions for government personnel. Pebble Watch will give updates as details are finalized.
05 March 2013
The Alaska State House passed HB 77 yesterday, moving forward a bill introduced in January by Gov. Sean Parnell that he says will streamline permitting in the state. A similar bill, SB 26, is being considered by the state Senate.
04 March 2013
The public has until April 4, 2013, to submit comments on recent draft revisions to the Bristol Bay Area Plan. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released the Public Review Draft of the Determination of Reclassification and Plan Amendment to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan (2005 BBAP) in January. Once adopted, the plan and its revisions will serve as the basis for the management of state lands and waters within the planning area for the next 20 years.
Written comments must be received on or before April 4, 2013, by mail, email, fax or through the DNR website.