Pebble Mine

Northern Dynasty Minerals CEO Answers Questions

Sep 17, 2013

Northern Dynasty Minerals held a conference call with reporters and investors Monday shortly after learning that their partner in the Pebble Mine project was pulling funding and support for the project. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.

The future of the proposed Pebble Mine is in doubt due to the news that one of the major partners in the project is pulling out. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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The proposed Pebble Mine could make a significant contribution to the Alaska economy according to a leading economist. Scott Goldsmith is a Professor of Economics with the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Recently he outlined details of Alaska’s economy for a special publication distributed by the First National Bank of Alaska. 

Jason Sear

Several tribal leaders from Bristol Bay have responded to allegations made by former Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski related to the EPA’s “Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Northern Dynasty Minerals, which is one half of the Pebble Limited Partnership, has a new member of its board of directors. Ken Pickering is an engineer with 40-years of experience in the mining industry.

The Partnership looking at developing a massive gold and copper resource north of Lake Iliamna is planning to release a mine plan later this year in advance of formally entering into the state and federal permitting process. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

BBNC Clarifies its Position on the Pebble Mine

Aug 29, 2013

The President and CEO of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation has clarified the Corporations position regarding the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency made a visit to the Bristol Bay region on Tuesday to learn more about the issue of large-scale mining. Gina McCarthy started her day in Dillingham but spent the afternoon in Iliamna, which is near the site of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

The EPA said they're processing all of the new comments received over the spring and summer, and still intend another round of peer review.

Misty Nielsen

Political, business and tribal leaders from the Bristol Bay region welcomed the new EPA Administrator to Dillingham Tuesday. They called on the EPA to step in and stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Listen to the FULL AUDIO from Tuesday's public meeting:

The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to visit the Bristol Bay region on Tuesday.

Sponsors of a ballot initiative to require legislative approval of large metal sulfide mining projects say they have enough signatures.  Upon approval from the state, the question would go to voters in next year’s primary election. If passed, the initiative would put the proposed Pebble Mine under scrutiny from Alaska’s elected officials.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story:

The oversight committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is launching a probe into whether the idea of preemptively using section 404-C of the Clean Water Act to stop development of the Pebble Mine actually originated within the Environmental Protection Agency. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The deadline to submit comments to the federal government about protecting Iliamna Lake harbor seals is Friday at 8 p.m.  The National Marine Fisheries Service is determining whether the seals are a distinct population segment of pacific harbor seals.  If so, they could be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Mysterious harbor seals are the latest point of contention in the Pebble mine debate as the government considers the possibility of listing Iliamna Lake Harbor Seals on the Endangered Species list. This comes after an environmental group put forth a petition urging the listing. They cite threats from ocean acidification, climate change, and the proposed Pebble Mine.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has more on the freshwater seals at the center of the debate.

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