Pebble mine news roundup

In the Aug. 28 primary elections, voters will decide on the controversial coastal zone management initiative. Here are two stories to help you better understand the initiative and who is paying for its defense and opposition.

Alaska voters to decide coastal zone initiative (Aug. 12, Associated Press, via Anchorage Daily News)

The most expensive campaign in Alaska this year is being waged over a proposal to re-establish a coastal management program in the state.

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Oil companies spend big against Alaska coastal initiative (Aug. 21, Alaska Dispatch)

Pebble Partnership among big mining donors

Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and BP have contributed more than $400,000 in the last three weeks to defeat a ballot measure that supporters claim would restore Alaskans’ voice in federal coastal decisions.

The top mining company donors in the last three weeks were Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC, which owns Pogo gold mine outside Delta Junction, and Pebble Partnership, which proposes to develop a controversial gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska. Both contributed $75,000 toward trying to sink Ballot Measure 2.

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