On April 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a public-comment period to collect opinions and information about the proposed Pebble Mine. But it seems as though the Corps is fast-tracking the entire process. This public-comment period lasts for just 90 days. Opponents of the mine are not happy about this:
“[This] is not enough time for public input and participation, especially with inadequate application materials on the table. The Pebble Partnership is attempting to fool Alaskans by submitting an application that covers just the first phase of mine development,” said Nelli Williams, Alaska director of Trout Unlimited. “A giant mine proposal slated for the heart of salmon country demands a thorough process with ample opportunity for public input and that encompasses the full picture of Pebble’s impacts, not just what is convenient for Pebble to release right now.”
According to the Environmental Impact Statement timeline published by the Corps, Pebble could have its permit by early 2020, which is ridiculously fast for a project of this size. NOW is the time to make your opposition to Pebble heard.