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August 2020

Is Pebble mine dead?

Since Phil St. George first pounded his fist on the Cominco table, demanding more budget to explore the Pebble prospect, the proposed mine has required fierce advocates to push it forward.

Until yesterday, developers and investors finally seemed ready to grasp the brass ring: a positive permit decision from the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Then the U.S. Army Public Affairs released a statement saying that the Corps could not permit the mine, "as proposed," under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Over the weekend, several media outlets had reported that the Trump Administration would be blocking the project. This followed vocal opposition to the mine by Donald Trump Jr., Nick Ayers (Vice President Pence’s former chief of staff) and FOX News host Tucker Carlson.

Northern Dynasty Minerals (NDM) pushed back hard against those reports and the characterization of the project as “blocked,” saying that the Corps simply needed more details on a plan for compensatory mitigation, or how they would make up for adverse impacts caused by the development. According to Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), that plan will be ready in a few weeks.

Read our full article at pebblewatch.com

 

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. 

State of Alaska decision-making on Pebble

While all eyes have been on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers waiting for a Record of Decision, the State of Alaska also has work to do before the ROD is finalized. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will determine whether to grant the Pebble project water quality certification. Among the actions it may take: certify, certify with conditions, deny, or waive certification of the proposed project.

A 30-day public comment period on water quality certification closed yesterday. We provided links to primary sources that will be considered as part of that decision. In addition to considering public comments and the Pebble permit application, the State will be looking at these documents/regulations.
Pebble Watch is a program of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Land Department.
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Learn more at www.pebblewatch.com

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