Draft EIS for Pebble Shows Path to Success for Permitting

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Pebble Project has been released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Upon initial review, the Pebble Partnership (PLP) strongly believes it demonstrates that the proposed 20-year mine development plan for the Pebble deposit can be done in an environmentally responsible manner and that it points to a clear path forward for success in permitting the project.

Historic Election Endorses Strong Future for Alaska’s Economy

Alaska voters struck down an anti-development initiative that a broad-based coalition of businesses, groups and individuals argued would have shut down Alaska’s economic future. At the same time, Alaska voters chose a new governor in Mike Dunleavy who has been steadfast in support of a fair and comprehensive review process for all development projects in Alaska, including the Pebble Project.

Permitting for Pebble on Track

PLP CEO Tom Collier issued the following statement regarding the announcement today from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: “The settlement of our litigation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last May gave us the right to fully participate in a normal, lawful permitting process under the Clean Water Act with a thorough review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In today’s announcement EPA confirmed this critical point and the news does not change our approach.”

Pebble Expands Senior Technical Team

The Pebble Partnership announced today that Stephen Hodgson will join the project as Senior Vice President of Engineering & Project Director and James Fueg will join the project as Vice President of Permitting. Pebble CEO Tom Collier said these are key senior technical positions that will help lead the project to and through the environmental permitting process.

Pebble and EPA Reach Resolution

The Pebble Limited Partnership today announced an agreement to resolve the long-standing preemptive actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the project. The resolution effectively ends the litigation and establishes a clear path for the Pebble Project to initiate permitting under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Statement on Potential Seals Listing

The Pebble Partnership is committed to working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and sharing information, including findings from our environmental studies in the area, as the agency assesses whether a listing of the Iliamna Lake Seal is warranted under the Endangered Species Act. We remain confident our project can proceed responsibly without affecting the habitat of the seal or its population.

Journalistic Integrity a Lost Art?

In his letter, Shively criticizes the editorial team’s ignorance related to the economic, environmental, regulatory and human realities experienced in Alaska and the multiple unfounded claims contained within the story that show a lack of basic journalistic principles. To date, National Geographic has not responded to the request for corrective action.