10 years of Pebble Watch
In August 2010, the BBNC Land Department published the first issue of a newsletter in its new Pebble Watch program. Introducing the program, BBNC President Jason Metrokin wrote, “Keeping shareholders and other interested parties informed through resources such as Pebble Watch is only one of many ways we show our respect for the great responsibility we hold—to our corporation, our people, and all others whose lives may be touched by decisions made in the name of regional resource development.”
Today the program is still bringing readers impartial, educational information about the proposed Pebble mine, permitting, and how they can be engaged in the process.
Over the last ten years Pebble Watch has detailed developments of the Pebble mine project with a fact-based approach. During that time there have been ups and downs for those in favor of and opposed to the project. These include divestment of project partners, changes to regulations, legislation, litigation and agency actions such as EPA’s analysis of the Bristol Bay Watershed and the 404 permitting process led by the Army Corps.
Early Pebble Watch materials focused on preliminary data collected and published by the Pebble Limited Partnership, including Trace Elements, Meteorology, and Water Quality. Such topics were included in the “Affected Environment” section of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, published by the Army Corps of Engineers in July 2020.
Since its beginning in August 2010, Pebble Watch has evolved into a mostly virtual source of information, with updates regularly posted to its website, social media and through an email newsletter.