Pebble Mine

U.S. EPA

Quaterra Resources signed a lease agreement with Chuchuna Minerals, a partnership between Alaska Earth Sciences and the Kijik Corp., to jumpstart some exploration at the copper and gold prospect west of Nondalton.
 

KDLG

DNR took in 2000+ comments from the public, many asking for more oversight of Pebble's operations on the state mining claims northwest of Iliamna. Having put up the new $2 million guaranty requirement, company has permit in place for rest of 2017.

Nunamta Aulukestai

On Friday, Ekwok Natives Limited's board of directors voted to cease its affiliation with Nunamta Aulukestai by a 4 to 1 vote. 

US Congress

Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Democrat, penned strong rebuttal to chairman Lamar Smith's request that EPA rescind preemptive Pebble veto.

Gavel to Gavel / 360 North

Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) extended the invite to hear about UTBB's allegations that Pebble has left a mess behind during exploration work.

US Congress

In a letter to the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said agency work to block Pebble "unprecedented" and based on "questionable" science. Called on Pruitt to rescind 2014 Clean Water Act restrictions.

NDM

NDM says Kerrisdale Capital report based on "unfounded" claims, contains "numerous errors and unsupported speculation." NAK shares were driven down to $2.26 at close of trading Friday.

Kerrisdale Capital

Kerrisdale Capital report takes aim at Northern Dynasty, whose stock skyrocketed after Trump election. Investor says stock is "worthless," noting physical, political challenges of developing Pebble Mine.

State of Alaska DNR

Citing high number of public comments to log and review, DNR has extended the current permit by three months but delayed deciding on full two year renewal.

CSPP

The Pebble Limited Partnership is asking the state to renew the land use permit for its mineral claims northwest of Iliamna. Pebble says it has no immediate plans for further exploration or ground-disturbing activities, but will continue to operate under “care and maintenance” status. Some are questioning just how good of care Pebble is taking at the site.

Pebble Limited Partnership

Pebble CEO Tom Collier and Nunamta Aulukestai’s Kim Williams will speak at House committee on NEPA’s role in permitting process.

EPA region 10 head called to testify in House Science, Space, and Technology's ongoing look into agency work in Bristol Bay.

Credit Misty Nielsen

House oversight committee calling Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran to testify on agency efforts surrounding Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and 404(c) determination.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Phil North flew to Washington, D.C., last month for deposition in a Pebble lawsuit against EPA, and will stick around for a Congressional inquiry later this month. He spoke with KDLG Friday.

Retired EPA ecologist Phil North, who had been hard to find since 2013, arrived in Washington, D.C. to answer questions about his role in EPA efforts to protect Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale copper sulfide mining. Pebble CEO Tom Collier offers thoughts on why that may matter.

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