31 May 2012
The EPA released for public comment a draft scientific study of the Bristol Bay Watershed and its natural resources. A public meeting will be held in Seattle on Thursday, May 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Street.
There are several ways to submit your comments:
Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket (Mail Code: 2822T)
Docket # EPA-HQ-ORD-2012-0276
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
5. Comment at a public meeting during the week of June 4-7, 2012.
30 May 2012
The rundown on the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay watershed assessment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has written a draft scientific assessment of Bristol Bay's Nushagak and Kvichak watersheds, focusing on the ecological impact large-scale mining development could have on the area.
Here is a two-page overview of the document: What it is, why it's important and tips for how you can get involved in the process.
Seattle hearing on impact of proposed Alaska mine (May 29, The Associated Press, via the Seattle Times)
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding one of its hearings on a proposed Alaska mine in Seattle to give fishermen a chance to comment in person. Sen. Maria Cantwell requested Thursday's hearing because she says fishermen would be affected if the Pebble Mine damages the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
The Seattle meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Ave.
Several others are scheduled for Alaska venues. To see the full list of upcoming public meetings, go to the EPA website.
Pebble Watch Explores presents a special 8-page edition, "Your guide to the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment." The guide presents a chapter by chapter overview, as well as information on how to give public input on the document.
28 May 2012
The BBNC office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
26 May 2012
Pebble Watch Explores the U.S. EPA Bristol Bay Draft Watershed Assessment in this title, giving an overview of what it is, how it relates to development of the Pebble mine, and how readers can give public input on the document.
25 May 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment page with updated public input meeting dates, times and locations. Visit this page for the latest news, as well as a link to the complete draft of the Watershed Assessment, which was released to the public on May 18, 2012. Public input on the assessment will be taken until July 23, 2012.
23 May 2012
EPA report ‘pure hubris,' says Northern Dynasty CEO as shares capitulate (May 23, Creamer Media's Mining Weekly)
Shares in Northern Dynasty dropped like a stone on Tuesday, after a US government draft environmental report raised concerns about the contentious Pebble copper project in Alaska, of which it owns half. The publication had a damaging effect on Northern Dynasty's share price on Tuesday, when the TSX opened following the Victoria Day long weekend. Its stock dropped 34.7% to end the day at C$2.60 - the lowest level since November 2008.
Also, Pebble Watch received the following notice from The Keystone Center, a nonprofit organization. Click "Read More" to see the notice in full:
21 May 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency's May 18 release of its draft "external review" of the Bristol Bay watershed and potential impacts of large-scale mining development on the world's last remaining large wild salmon fishery, other wildlife and Alaska Native culture rocketed through U.S. media outlets. The Associated Press's reporting of the study's preliminary finding was posted on several Alaska media sites, as well as blog sites for various environmental groups. It also was posted on the websites of the major media groups around the country, including the Washington Post and the MSNBC news. We've posted some links.