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Pebble and U.S. Army Corps Pull Last-Minute Change to Mine Proposal
Last Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced significant last-minute changes to the “preferred alternative” for the proposed Pebble mine, completely altering the transportation plan. No longer does the plan call for supplies and ore to be ferried across Lake Iliamna and over land to Amakdedori Port. Instead, the route will be completely over land, along the northern border of the lake, ending at a port at Diamond Point. The new route represents the fifth significant change to Pebble’s mining proposal since the application was submitted a little over two years ago. Yet, remarkably, the U.S. Army Corps “states they do not plan to conduct any new environmental analysis or provide additional opportunity for public comment and input”–refusing to even pause the fast-track permitting process already well underway.
“The continued, major changes demonstrate the basic problem with the Pebble mine proposal,” said Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. “Pebble’s entire approach to developing this mine is held together by bubble gum, baling wire and duct tape. Alaska deserves better than that.”
More coverage of this story:
- Mine opponents positioned to block access to Pebble mine after change in ‘preferred alternative’, from KTUU.
- Pebble’s Last-Minute Change of Plans a Classic “Bait and Switch”, from SalmonState.
- Pebble opponents in Bristol Bay say they will refuse access to lands for controversial mine project, from Anchorage Press.
- Anglers, Hunters To Army Corps: Go Back To The Drawing Board, from Save Bristol Bay.
- Bait and switch: Pebble Mine plan scales up with no public input, from National Fisherman.