Pebble Mine

Izzy Ross/KDLG

The Nushagak has apportionment, and its run is picking up. The Wood River run is coming along. Down on the Alaska Peninsula, the early Chignik run is off to an extremely low start for the third June in a row. 

Carl Johnson

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its final environmental review for the proposed Pebble Mine later this summer.  Last month, the Corps changed which transportation corridor it recommends. The route cuts through land owned by several Bristol Bay entities that refuse to grant Pebble access to their properties. 

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

Offsetting a project’s potential impacts to wetlands usually means restoring or protecting wetlands that serve the same purpose as those being altered or destroyed by development. Pebble is proposing to offset its impacts by repairing sewer systems in three communities near the site.

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

It's Valentine's Day! We hear about the SWR school district's Yup'ik value of the month, get an update on Pebble's federal permitting process, and talk about hunting conditions for moose around Togiak after the season there was extended.

Bristol Bay Native Corporation/Bessenyey-Van Tuyn

The Pebble Salmon Impact Tool is a 607-page document that compiles state and federal agency comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ draft environmental impact statement for Pebble.

Eric Hanson

The senator sat down with KDLG to discuss veteran services and his comments on the proposed Pebble Mine. 

 

Jason Ching / University of Washington

The EPA's 100-page comment on the Pebble Mine draft EIS cited a study focusing on the growth and development of young salmon in the Bristol Bay watershed.

 

 

Alex Hager / KDLG

Representatives from the Environmental Protection agency came from Washington, D.C. and Seattle to meet with fishermen and community organizations.

 

CREDIT SARAH GRACE DURRANCE

Last month, six commercial fishermen filed a lawsuit against the regional seafood association in Bristol Bay to which they belong. The lawsuit, funded by the Pebble Limited Partnership, challenges more than $250,000 in funds the association had spent on groups that oppose the Pebble Mine. Now, the Dunleavy administration has added its voice to the dispute. 

Skip Gray/360 North

Murkowski wrote that the extension is needed “given the length and complexity” of the corps’ environmental impact statement for the mine proposal. The current comment period ends May 30.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine’s draft environmental review. Three were held in communities on Iliamna Lake. That region – and the people who live there – would be among the most immediately impacted by the project.

 

 

Public hearings on Pebble's draft EIS underway

Mar 26, 2019
USACE

The public can testify at all locations; testifiers will speak based on a first come, first served basis. The next hearing takes place Wednesday in Newhalen.

Courtesy of aklegislature.tv

Shortly after he was elected, Gov. Mike Dunleavy nominated Jason Brune to lead the state Department of Environmental Conservation. But because of Brune’s previous work tied to the proposed Pebble Mine, his nomination has drawn controversy.

USACE

Critics hold that 90 days is inadequate to review the more than 1,400-page document, which they say excludes certain evaluations of how the mine could impact the environment. Pebble, which sees no egregious gaps, maintains that the comment period is adequate.

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