Pebble Mine

After weeks of hostility, Williams says a respectful letter from BBNC board chair Joe Chythlook convinced her to step down. Williams had hired an attorney to protect her seat on BBNC board after she agreed to join new Pebble committee as an opponent to the mine.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

As Bristol Bay’s population swells with seasonal workers, organizations opposed to mining in the area are redoubling their outreach efforts.

Pebble says they are contracting with AES to streamline its business relationships with village corporations around Iliamna Lake.

Willie Hensley, Kimberly Williams, Jim Maddy, Gen. Joseph Ralston, and Terrence 'Rock' Salt first five committed to join new advisory committee. Company says participants can review and provide feedback on any part of the project they choose, and will not be limited as to what they can disclose or say about Pebble's plans.

Settlement announced Friday morning. Anticipating the news, Pebble opponents took to the streets Thursday in Dillingham with a loud message of "Fish First, Pebble Never."

Tom Collier, the CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, joined Bristol Bay and Beyond Friday to discuss the new advisory committee raising eyebrows, and offer an update on the FACA case he says will probably resolved out of court with EPA within a week.

KDLG

Kim Williams, long the executive director of one of Pebble's staunchest opponents, let go after Nunamta's board said she signed on to an advisory role with Pebble. Williams and Pebble yet to confirm. "My opinion on the project has not changed," Williams said.

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.

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