How could COVID-19 affect the Pebble project?
In a March 26 press release Northern Dynasty Minerals (NDM) said that efforts to gain permits for the Pebble mine prospect in Bristol Bay were moving forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The company's financials, released last week, note that the impact on global economies, the stock market and possible delays in permitting could have adverse effects for the Pebble project. One short-term consequence: NDM's annual shareholder meeting, originally scheduled for mid-June, is delayed until later this year.
For its part, the U.S. Corps of Engineers notes that it is on track to publish a Final Environmental Impact Statement by mid-summer.
Read more in our post at pebblewatch.com. We look at the federal permitting process, agency resources, the call for relaxing the permitting timeline, and how COVID-19 is presenting challenges for Bristol Bay as it gears up for the 2020 fishing season.