Final days of scoping
Public input is an important part of the Pebble permitting process. Scoping, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) determines what should be addressed in its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), is drawing to a close this Friday, June 29. What do you think the Corps should consider?
How to comment
The fastest way is to visit the Pebble Project EIS website and submit online.
What's been said already
More than 11,600 comments have been submitted or logged onto the website so far. You can see them all online. You can also review a Preliminary Scoping Report. There will be a final version of this report after the scoping period ends.
What you should know
The mine plan has changed. Pebble Limited Partnership submitted this list of changes to the Corps in May, which includes differences in mining and milling rates, pipeline diameter, tailings storage facility location, size of the water management pond, and a new strategy for lightering concentrate on barges to deeper water. These will likely not be the last changes to the plan.
It's not a vote. It may feel good to express your support for or opposition to the proposed Pebble mine, but your comment will be more effective if you focus on what the Corps is asking for:
There will be another public input period. Once the draft EIS is complete (the Corps has set January 2019 as the initial timeframe), there will be a minimum of 45 days to review and comment.
- Issues and concerns that should be addressed in the EIS.
- The way in which land and resources might be affected by the project.
- Ideas on alternatives and ways to minimize impacts.
Need more info?
Visit our Scoping page.