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.
“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.”