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January 2020

Final EIS and Record of Decision pushed back 90 days 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined last month that it would need to extend the federal permitting timeline for the Pebble project by 90 days. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is due in late June/early July, with a Record of Decision following in Fall 2020.

In November and December 2019 the Corps held six days of technical meetings with cooperating agencies and AECOM, its third-party contractor. During those discussions, the Corps identified additional refinements that would be needed.

Read more about how this decision was made, along with how this timing could affect the project financially and politically.

Pebble seeks right-of-way permit for Cook Inlet pipeline

The Pebble Limited Partnership has applied for a right-of-way permit for the 104-mile subsea natural gas pipeline it is planning between Anchor Point and Kamishak Bay. Because the pipeline crosses the Cook Inlet Outer Continental Shelf, it needs approval from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which falls under Department of the Interior. 

BSEE reviews all data collected during surveys of the proposed pipeline. In a 2018 letter to PLP, BSEE's regional director provided advisory comments alerting PLP to the potential for unreported shipwrecks and preserved historic sites along the proposed right-of-way. It also highlighted potential hazards from natural gas deposits, unconsolidated sediments, large glacial erratics and volcanic debris deposits. 

PLP has submitted specifics related to installation and maintenance of the pipeline, along with its approach for handling archaeological discoveries.

 









 


 

Since you last heard from us...

Trouble with Talking Points
CNN broke a story about documents it uncovered between staffers at Pebble Limited Partnership and in Governor Dunleavy's office. Although the Governor has declined to support the Pebble project publicly, his office used  letters and talking points supplied by PLP to advance the company's interests with the Corps of Engineers, a potential investor, and President Trump. News media covered this topic extensively.

Governor: Alaska Open for Business 
The Governor and three commissioners attended a mining conference in Vancouver, B.C. this week to drum up mining business in the state. Also in attendance: Wheaton Precious Metals (a potential Pebble partner), Northern Dynasty Minerals...and 6,500 other guests. The Juneau Empire covered the event and includes audio of the Governor's remarks. 
 
Tribes Unite in Support of Protections
Also this week, Canadian First Nations, Washington State Tribal leaders, and leaders from Native American regional and national organizations joined United Tribes of Bristol Bay in a formal proclamation stating their commitment to protect the Bristol Bay fishery. "We are all people of the salmon and it is our obligation to ensure honor and protect them with our stewardship." UTBB press release.
 
Regulatory Changes
New NEPA guidelines were released earlier this month, and mining has been added as an industry under the FAST-41 Act. Impacts to current Pebble permitting aren't clear at this time, but we will post more at pebblewatch.com in the near future.
 
Salmon need cold water to thrive, but the summer of 2019 brought temps high enough to kill more than 100,000 fish (and maybe more than 200,000) in the rivers that feed into Bristol Bay. Isabelle Ross, of Dillingham's KDLG, reported on this news last week.
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Pebble Watch is a program of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Land Department.
Learn more at www.pebblewatch.com

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