Pebble Mine

Outrage and Praise for the EPA over 404-C

Mar 1, 2014

Friday’s surprise announcement by the EPA to seek a 404-C designation for the proposed Pebble Mine has drawn praise and outrage. KDLG’s Mike Mason has more.

Partnership seeking to develop the Pebble deposit said the EPA has turned a "prescribed, science based" evaluation on its head.

Misty Nielsen

A process got started on Friday that could lead the EPA to rule that the proposed Pebble Mine poses too big a risk to the natural environment to be allowed. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Misty Neilsen

The Environmental Protection Agency is starting a formal process to look at using its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The chief financial officers for the city of New York and the state of California are continuing to call for major mining company Rio Tinto to divest itself from Northern Dynasty. Both New York City and California hold substantial amounts of Rio Tinto stock, and as shareholders they're trying to promote responsible investments, which they say the Pebble Mine is not.  

KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:

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A handful of stakeholders in the fight against development of the proposed Pebble Mine are in Washington D.C. this week meeting with members of Congress and officials with the Obama Administration. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update on the visit.

Renewable Resources Foundation / www.renewableresourcescoalition.org

A lawsuit filed by pro-mining groups unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the initiative scheduled to go before the voters in August.

Northern Dynasty Minerals

A member of the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board of Directors has resigned. Stephen Scott is the General Manager with Rio Tinto’s copper division and he was appointed to the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board in 2007.

Several members of the coalition that has come together to oppose development of the proposed Pebble Mine will be in Washington D.C. next week to take their message to members of Congress and the administration of President Barak Obama. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

KTOO

A rising star in the Alaska Republican Party took to the editorial pages of the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News last week regarding the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Several members of the Alaska Legislature sent a letter of support earlier this month to the head of the company looking at developing the controversial Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region. The letter was signed by 8 lawmakers including the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

EPA

Well over 300 scientists, researchers, and university professors from across the country are praising the EPA for the work done to put together the “Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment”. They are also calling for protections for the Bristol Bay region from the harmful effects of large-scale mining. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Shakeup Atop the Pebble Limited Partnership

Feb 3, 2014
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There has been a major change in leadership at the Pebble Limited Partnership. John Shively has been the Partnership’s CEO since 2008 but he’s stepping aside to take over as the Chairman of the Partnership’s Board of Directors.

Alaska lawmakers from both sides of the isle are reacting to last week’s release of the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

KDLG

Some even braved an icy plunge into the bay to send a message to the EPA that "now is the time to act" to protect Bristol Bay from mines like Pebble.

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