Scoping started this week • Public input period extended to June 29 • NDM extends framework agreement deadline • + More!
April 6, 2018 - Public Scoping, Week 1
Corps extends scoping period to June 29
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Scoping Packet for the Pebble project permitting process on March 22, the short timeframe surprised many. The packet defined parameters for the type of information requested from the public and was made available 8 days before the scoping period began on April 1. In contrast, Donlin Gold, another Alaska mine further along in the permitting process, had a 3.5 month scoping period, with robust outreach to individuals in the region.
Today the Corps announced it was extending the public input period by an additional 60 days. It will now end on June 29.
Scoping Week 1 - Public comments so far
The public input period for scoping has been open for 6 days and there are around 180 submitted comments. That number is destined to grow by the June 29 deadline. Using tools at wordle.net, Pebble Watch developed this graphic overview of about 150 comments that were available by April 4. This gives you a visual of common terms appearing so far. (Larger font size = more frequently referenced). You can view detailed comments at the EIS site, and even search for specific terms.
Yesterday Northern Dynasty Minerals (NDM) announced that it had extended the April 6 deadline for finalizing an option agreement with First Quantum Minerals, its potential partner in the development of Pebble. It is now projecting a negotiated agreement by April 30, but cautioned investors in a news release that, "there is no assurance that a transaction will be entered into at the end of the process." Read the NDM news release. Brush up: Read our December 2017 story on the framework agreement.