ANCHORAGE, AK – This morning, Northern Dynasty Minerals, the company backing the proposed Pebble mine, and potential financial backer, First Quantum Minerals, announced the two were "unable to reach agreement," and have terminated their framework agreement. The announcement means Northern Dynasty is left once again as the sole backer of the mine proposal, with four failed attempts to gain financial partnership. Hunters and anglers, tribes, commercial fishing organizations and concerned Alaskans had repeatedly called for First Quantum Minerals to abandon the partnership agreement since it was announced in December 2017.
ANCHORAGE, AK - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will open a 30-day public comment period, beginning April 1, to collect input on the scope of its analysis of Pebble Limited Partnership’s mine plan. This is the first formal opportunity for the public to comment on the latest proposed mine plan, which was submitted to the Corps of Engineers last December.
Brian Kraft has been a constant, supportive figure in the effort to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble mine for many years now. Whenever news breaks, a planning meeting is held, or an update is given, you can bet Brian will be there, wanting to know the latest, how it'll impact his business and the region he loves, and asking how he can help.
I have no skiff to leave to my children or smokehouse to continue filling the way ancestors did before me. Pebble banks on the fact that most of their opponents recognize this, and will eventually give up.
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they will give the public more time to comment on Pebble's permit application after initially only giving 30-days, which would have been less time for public comment than any other on-going project overseen by the Corps of Engineers in Alaska, despite being the largest and most controversial proposal in the state.
This week, 50 fishing and hunting businesses and organizations sent a joint letter to First Quantum Minerals urging the company to withdraw financial support from the proposed Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.