Last year Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) CEO Tom Collier announced the company would be “punching back” against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to limit development at the Pebble deposit in Bristol Bay.
In addition to litigation (ongoing) and a call for the EPA Inspector General to investigate the federal agency (also ongoing), PLP hired William S. Cohen to complete an independent review of EPA’s actions in conducting its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.
In the report, released Tuesday, Cohen concludes that, “EPA’s application of Section 404(c) prior to the filing of a permit application was not fair to all stakeholders.” He called for “the EPA’s Inspector General and Congress to continue to explore… questions which might further illuminate EPA’s motives and better determine whether EPA has met its core obligations of government service and accountability.”
This week's news related to the proposed Pebble mine includes the release William Cohen's report on the EPA and details about Pebble Partnership's litigation activity as it pursues a case against the EPA.
Secretary William S. Cohen Releases The Report Of His Independent Review Concerning The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Actions In Connection With Its Evaluation Of Potential Mining In Alaska's Bristol Bay Watershed (October 6, 2015 – PR Newswire)
Last spring the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) hired William S. Cohen to conduct an independent review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and development of the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. Cohen released the 364-page report today. In it, he calls for further investigation of the EPA by Congress and EPA’s Inspector General.
Pebble subpoenas emails, documents from anti-mine activists (October 3, 2015 – Alaska Dispatch News)
Alaska Dispatch News reports on the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP) pursuit of information over the last decade from more than 60 individuals. PLP hopes to support its case against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which was in the process of development limitations on development at Pebble when a federal judge approved a preliminary injunction against continuing that process until litigation had been resolved. As part of the litigation, PLP has issued subpoenas to EPA employees, former employees, scientists, activists who have spoken out against the mine, and others. Some individuals have filed documents attempting to quash the subpoena requests, citing – among other reasons – the broad scope of the subpoena (covering 11 years worth of emails), burden and cost associated with a response, and negative impact it would have on their future participation in publically debated issues.
The University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science Alaska Salmon Program has been studying salmon and other fish in Bristol Bay for nearly 70 years.
What do fish researchers do? How do they do it? This award-winning video by scientist/videographer Jason Ching blends historical photos and a straight-forward narrative with captivating camera-work: overhead views of Bristol Bay, close-up underwater images of fish in various stages of the life-cycle and time-lapse scenes of researchers at work.
More about the Alaska Salmon Program - The Alaska Salmon Program is the longest-running salmon research initiative anywhere in the world, with data collection going back to 1946. This data is available to the public upon specific request.
Recent news includes updates on President Obama's visit to Bristol Bay, Pebble Partnership's litigation against the EPA, Northern Dynasty's fundraising and future plans, and Mount Polley/Animas River spill updates.
President Obama's visit to Bristol Bay
In Dillingham, President Obama does Yup'ik dance, talks up wild Alaska salmon (September 2, 2015 - Alaska Dispatch News)
This article from Alaska Dispatch News includes several photos from President Obama's visit to Dillingham, and an overview of what he got to see and do there.
Obama heads to remote reaches of Alaska on last day of tour (September 2, 2015 - Reuters)
Obama visits the Nushagak River and speaks with Alannah Hurley of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay. Read the full story.
Battle over Bristol Bay pits Salmon against Gold (August 31, 2015 - NBC news)
This article summarizes the Pebble mine debate within the context of President Obama's visit to Dillingham: "The showdown will be highlighted when President Barack Obama...visits the nearby city of Dillingham to talk to fisherman on Wednesday who are convinced the salmon fishery and the Pebble Mine — which could bring in an estimated $64
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Pebble Watch is an impartial, educational and fact-based initiative of the BBNC Land Department to disseminate information regarding the proposed Pebble Mine project to BBNC shareholders and interested parties.