March 2013

15 March 2013

Updates to Pebble-related events and issues

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.

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05 March 2013

Legislative update: State House passes permitting bill

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.

Read more about HB 77 passing in the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Read more about SB 26 in the Juneau Empire.

Pebble Watch article describing bills.

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04 March 2013

One month left to comment on revisions to Bristol Bay Area Plan

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. 

Ray Burger
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water
Resource Assessment and Development Section
550 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3579

Phone:(907) 269-8534

Fax:(907) 269-8915

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Read more about the proposed changes.

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