News roundup: September 2013

Recent news related to development of the proposed Pebble mine includes coverage of EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy’s visit to Bristol Bay and stories on the Save Our Salmon initiative.

New EPA head gets earful of Pebble Mine chatter in Southwest Alaska meetings (Arctic Sounder, reprinted in Alaska Dispatch)

Carey Restino reports on the visit, including quotes from meetings in Dillingham and Iliamna.

Read the article.


Poll shows wide fears of Pebble Mine (APRN)

Peter Granitz reported on a new Hays Research Group poll that gauged voter interest in a possible 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit the Pebble mine.

Read/listen to the story at APRN.

Or read about it in the Juneau Empire. 

Alaska judge hears arguments over Pebble mine (Juneau Empire, Anchorage Daily News)

The Save Our Salmon initiative, narrowly passed by voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, would prohibit any mine or other resource extraction activity over 640 acres that would have a significant adverse impact on wild salmon habitat. Opponents appealed to Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock this week, asking him to throw out the results of the initiative.

Read the Anchorage Daily News article.

Read the Juneau Empire’s coverage.

Economist suggests Pebble mine could significantly impact Alaska’s economy (KDLG)

KDLG’s Mike Mason reports on a special publication economist Scott Goldsmith prepared for the “Alaska’s Economy” web site, a project funded by First National Bank. Goldsmith includes descriptions and figures related to the economics of the proposed Pebble mine, with numbers drawn from the Pebble Limited Partnership’s recent Economic Impact report. Goldsmith is also a contributing author to a University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) report on the “Economic Importance of the Bristol Bay Salmon Industry.”

Read/listen to KDLG’s coverage.

Read Goldsmith’s report on Alaska’s economy (First National Bank publication).

Read the ISER report on Bristol Bay Salmon Industry.

Read the Pebble Limited Partnership Report on Economic Impacts of a “conceptual” Pebble mine.

Northern Dynasty Appoints New Director (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal published a Northern Dynasty Minerals press release regarding Ken Pickering, the newest member on its Board of Directors.

Read the release.