Pebble Mine

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Last month, three hikers travelled 50 miles along the Pebble Mine’s proposed transportation corridor, from Amakdedori beach on the west side of Cook Inlet to Iliamna Lake.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its final scoping report August 31 for the proposed Pebble Mine’s environmental impact statement.

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The first batch of scoping comments on Pebble Mine from what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is calling “cooperating agencies” are now public.

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On Friday, Governor Walker’s office asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend the Environmental Impact Statement process for the proposed Pebble Mine.

 

 

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The U.S. Army Corps' Environmental Impact Statement scoping period for the proposed Pebble Mine ends today. Here's a look at some recent updates to the permit application.

Maria Cantwell asked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public meetings in the state of Washington about the Pebble Project and to further extend the 90-day scoping period for the proposed mine's environmental impact statement.

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Northern Dynasty Minerals and First Quantum Minerals failed to reach an agreement on First Quantum buying into Pebble. That leaves Northern Dynasty as the sole owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership.

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First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals now have until May 31 to finalize the terms on which First Quantum could buy into the Pebble Limited Partnership.

 

The Department of Natural Resources renewed Pebble's Miscellaneous Land Use Permit for one year, authorizing the partnership to begin geotechnical drilling. On the same day it renewed Pebble's permit, DNR also announced that it will revive the Bristol Bay Advisory Group, a group of regional stakeholders who provide input on land use and management.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public scoping meeting about the proposed Pebble Mine in Dillingham Tuesday, the seventh such meeting in two weeks.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers solicited public comment on the proposed Pebble Mine plan at five scoping meetings last week. At the two meetings on the shores of Iliamna Lake, near the Pebble deposit and proposed mine infrastructure, locals turned out to ask the Army Corps to consider possible effects a mine could have on their way of life.

In December, Northern Dynasty Minerals and First Quantum Minerals announced that First quantum had agreed to buy into Pebble at $150 million for the option to become a 50 percent owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership at the end of four years. On Thursday, the companies extended the deadline to finalize that option agreement from April 6 to April 30.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public input on the controversial Pebble Mine Project. In April, the federal agency will be holding meetings in Bristol Bay, Anchorage and Homer to hear the public’s views and concerns about the project.

Jason Sear

Opponents of mining in the Bristol Bay watershed celebrate Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement and are committed to remaining vocal on the issue. On the other hand, four village corporations with land near or adjacent to the Pebble deposit have called on Pruitt to “ensure a full and fair review for the project” and are concerned that proposed restrictions could impede that process.

Photo courtesy of U.S. EPA

EPA administrator Scott Pruit announced Friday that the EPA is suspending efforts to reverse an Obama-era proposal to restrict mining in Bristol Bay.

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