Pebble Mine in the news

To help keep readers up-to-date, Pebble Watch offers regular roundups of news articles related to the proposed Pebble Mine. Following are stories that have recently appeared in local and national publications.

“Legislature kills Pebble study, will examine permit system” (May 20, 2011 – Alaska Journal of Commerce)
A state-funded third party study of the potential impacts of the proposed Pebble mine has been shelved. Read the entire article at Alaska Journal of Commerce.

“Nuna vs. Nunamta in Southwest showdown”(May 20, 2011 – Alaska Journal of Commerce)
A nonprofit organization formed by several Alaska Native village corporation executives to counter the opponents of Pebble mine is raising its profile and drawing the fire that comes with it. Read the entire article at Alaska Journal of Commerce.

“‘Save Our Salmon’ Initiative Gathers Signatures: Borough Initiative Would Block Resource Development That Damages Streams” (May 17, 2011 – KTUU Channel 2 News)
Today, the group Alaskans for Bristol Bay announced that it has gathered enough signatures for a local ballot measure that the group says could put the brakes on the proposed Pebble Mine. The move would put an inititative on the Lake and Peninsula Borough’s ballot in October. Read more at

“Fortune Hunt Alaska: Fortune awaits 21st Century explorers” (May 8, 2011 – Petroleum News)
At the close of the 19th Century gold enticed fortune hunters from around the world to Alaska, a rugged and sometimes harsh land at the forefront of western expansion. Today, this Far North state, considered by many as the most mineralized province on Earth, continues to attract explorers seeking the yet to be discovered mineral riches of America’s Last Frontier. Read the entire article at Petroleum News.

“Mining increases economic clout across state, industry says” (May 6, 2011 – Alaska Journal of Commerce)
Mines operating in Alaska are injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s economy, particularly benefiting the state’s larger communities where support companies are based. Read the full story in the Alaska Journal of Commerce.“New nonprofit advocates for resource development” (May 6, 2011 – The Bristol Bay Times)
A new nonprofit organization based in Anchorage says it is advocating for a sustainable economy in Bristol Bay via responsible resource development through due process. “We want to do something that will provide jobs in the region year round, and that comes on the cusp of supporting responsible resource development through due process, not just Pebble,” said Abe Williams, president of Nuna Resources Inc. Read the full story in The Bristol Bay Times.

“Operators give Alaska mining updates” (May 3, 2011 – The Dutch Harbor Fisherman)
Representatives from Southeast, the Northwest Arctic and places in between offered project reports on all the major mining operations in Alaska during presentations in Anchorage this week. It even included a mine that isn’t. “We’re not a mine, yet,” Mike Heatwole, vice-president of public affairs for Pebble Partnership LLC, told the luncheon crowd at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday. Read the full story in The Dutch Harbor Fisherman.