News Releases

January 13, 2016

EPA IG Report Whitewashes Serious Bias at Agency

Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) CEO Tom Collier expressed disappointment at the release of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General’s (IG) report today, stating the federal agency continues to minimize the seriousness of its own misconduct with respect to the Pebble Project, while sweeping under the rug the complicity of it most senior officials.

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June 04, 2015

Pebble Case Against Biased EPA Process Advances

On Thursday, June 4, U.S. District Supreme Court Judge H. Russel Holland issued a decision to allow Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP) lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to proceed.

Today’s decision is a significant victory for Pebble as it allows us to advance our case.

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October 30, 2014

Pebble's Legal Filings Against EPA

Pebble's legal filings in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) case, and its injunction motion against the EPA are available to view.

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August 22, 2014

EPA period for public comment open until Sept. 19

On July 18th, the EPA opened a 60-day public comment period soliciting input about their intention to preemptively place restrictions on development of a mine at Pebble. The public comment window closes on September 19th, 2014.

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July 18, 2014

EPA Continues To Deny Pebble Due Process

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal that would place conditions on mine development at Pebble. While the agency chose not to preemptively veto the Pebble Project, the EPA favors imposing specific conditions on future development, prior to any permits being filed—a step the company believes the agency does not have statutory authority to pursue.

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May 22, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Overreaching EPA Pre-emptive Veto Process

The Pebble Partnership (PLP) filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for Alaska. PLP seeks an injunction to stop the federal agency’s move to pre-emptively veto the Pebble Project under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act.

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February 28, 2014

404 Process is Premature and Unprecedented

Tom Collier, CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a 404c process for the Pebble Project:

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February 03, 2014

Pebble Names Shively Board Chair and Collier CEO

Anchorage, AK—The Pebble Partnership today announced that Pebble CEO John Shively will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pebble Project—a move that allows Shively to be a part of the strategic leadership team for advancing the project. With this move, PLP will appoint Tom Collier to the position of CEO for the company.

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January 20, 2014

Pebble Statement Re: Senator Begich's Position on the Pebble Project

We are disappointed that Senator Begich has come out against thousands of new jobs, hundreds of millions in state revenue, and potentially billions in economic activity for Alaska. We also are stunned that an Alaskan Senator supports the EPA--a federal agency acting unilaterally--to make decisions about future development on state land in Alaska...

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January 15, 2014

EPA’s Plagued Assessment Fails on Many Fronts

Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively had the following comment about the release of a final Bristol Bay assessment from the EPA:

 

“We have maintained all along that the Bristol Bay watershed assessment process has been rushed and thus has resulted in two very flawed documents…

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September 17, 2013

Message from John Shively, CEO, Pebble Limited Partnership

Development of the mineral resources at Pebble, with our stated commitment to co-exist with the fishery, remains an important project for Alaska. The project, when developed, will generate almost 1,000 direct Alaskan jobs, nearly $200 million in annual revenue for the state and local governments, and over one billion dollars in annual economic activity.

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September 15, 2013

Pebble Partnership Awarded WebAward and Hermes Award

The Pebble Partnership has been awarded the 2013 Web Marketing Association's WebAward for Best "Other" Website, and two Hermes Gold Winner Awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for Website—Natural Resource Development and Website Overall—Corporation.

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May 17, 2013

Pebble Statement on Potential Seals Listing

The Pebble Partnership is committed to working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and sharing information, including findings from our environmental studies in the area, as the agency assesses whether a listing of the Iliamna Lake Seal is warranted under the Endangered Species Act. We remain confident our project can proceed responsibly without affecting the habitat of the seal or its population.

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April 26, 2013

Pebble Calls on the EPA to Abandon Flawed, Biased Approach

Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) releasing a second draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment evaluating the estimated environmental impacts of a hypothetical mine on the Bristol Bay Watershed.

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April 22, 2013

$80 Million Budget Approved For Pebble Project 2013

The Pebble Partnership is moving its 2013 work plan forward with an $80 million budget. Efforts in the coming months will include on-going environmental studies with a focus on fish habitat and water quality, continued engineering analysis and workforce and business development initiatives.

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March 29, 2013

Journalistic Integrity a Lost Art?

In late 2012, Pebble Partnership CEO, John Shively, contacted National Geographic editor-in-chief, Chris Johns, to express his concern regarding bias, errors and extreme exaggerations contained within a Pebble Deposit article published by the magazine.

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November 09, 2012

Peer Review Panel to EPA: Assessment Incomplete

Today’s release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Peer Review Report, prepared by independent peer reviewers, seems to confirm fundamental flaws of the agency’s draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (DBBWA).

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October 24, 2012

Easton To Lead Pebble Project Environmental Efforts

Dan Easton, a civil engineer with roots in Alaska since 1981, joins the Pebble Partnership as its Vice President of Environment.  Easton will be responsible for overseeing the company’s entire environmental program including permitting and environmental studies.

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February 10, 2012

Overview of Pebble Data Released to the Public

The Pebble Environment is a multi-disciplinary overview of scientific research conducted in southwest Alaska between 2004 and 2008. The publication presents highlights from the complete Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) released by the Pebble Partnership.

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January 30, 2012

Pebble Hosts Webcast of Environmental Baseline Briefings

The Pebble Limited Partnership will host an online web broadcast of the 2012 Baseline Environmental Team Agency Meeting presentations, highlighting the Pebble Environmental Baseline Document. Members of the public are invited to watch and listen to the presentations live online. Presentations will be made January 31 through February 3, 2012.

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October 28, 2011

State's filing supports permitting process

The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit defending its permitting process related to responsible resource development and the recent Lake & Peninsula Borough SOS Initiative. The Pebble Partnership welcomes today’s action, recognizing the state’s significant interest in managing the development of its natural resources for the maximum benefit of all Alaskans as directed by the constitution.

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September 27, 2011

State wins lawsuit challenging exploration permits

Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth issued a 154-page decision in Nunamta Aulukestai v. State, finding that the State did not violate Article VIII of the Alaska Constitution in issuing temporary, revocable land and water use permits for mineral exploration at the Pebble Project.

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September 26, 2011

Court finds in favor of State in lawsuit targeting Pebble

The Pebble Limited Partnership is pleased that the Court recognized that exploration activities at the Pebble deposit have not caused harm to the resources or other users. We agree with the court's conclusion and intend to continue conducting a careful, responsible study program as we proceed to design a project that will create enormous opportunity for Alaskans, especially for the residents of Southwest Alaska.

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May 02, 2011

Pebble Partnership Outlines 2011 Work Program

The Pebble Partnership is moving into its 2011 work plan with a focus on advancing a Prefeasibility Study. The Prefeasibility Study will be the basis for guiding the design of a future mine plan. For more information, see attachment.

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August 19, 2010

Scout Scores for Community

Local Anchorage teen James Barber has combined his passion for soccer with a community project designed to help him achieve Eagle Scout. Recently dedicated Anglo American Field is one of eight fields at the new Kincaid Park soccer complex to receive informational kiosks built by Barber.

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August 19, 2010

Bear Guards Provide Security

Working in rural Alaska provides a unique set of ever-changing challenges. Weather, remote locations, minimal communication options and a lack of set transportation corridors in a harsh landscape make safety a constant concern. To keep field crews safe, the Pebble Partnership has initiated a bear guard program with individuals proactively trained to avoid bear encounters and to take defensive measures only as a last resort.

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July 22, 2010

Pebble Honors Alaska's Good Neighbor Principal

Remote terrain and dramatic weather patterns in Alaska can be a perilous combination, often changing quickly to create dangerous situations for those exposed to the elements. Recently, the Pebble Partnership was recognized for its assistance to the Alaska State Troopers with the rescue of two stranded hunting parties at Moraine Creek, located near Iliamna Lake and Kokhanok.

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July 14, 2010

Science Panel to Help Citizen Evaluation of Pebble

The Colorado-based Keystone Center is poised to launch a series of independent science panels that will help Alaska citizens evaluate baseline environmental and socioeconomic studies associated with the proposed Pebble mine in southwest Alaska.

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June 14, 2010

Iliamna Hosts Satellite Alaska Run for Women Event

In support of the annual Alaska Run For Women, the Pebble Partnership organized and hosted a simultaneous satellite event June 12, 2010, in Iliamna, Alaska, to coordinate with the popular race that raises funds each June for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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May 04, 2010

Pebble Fund Advances 17 Projects

The Pebble Fund is supporting 17 new grants as part of its spring 2010 grant cycle. Representing one of the most detailed review cycles to date, the Pebble Fund awarded $842,947 in grants to a wide variety of organizations in Southwest Alaska.

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April 23, 2010

Pebble Partners with UAA's ANSEP

The Pebble Partnership continues its partnership with the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) with a $75,000 donation, the second installment of a five-year annual commitment.

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November 02, 2009

Pebble Fund Awards Second Round of Grants

The Pebble Fund, a charitable fund created by the Pebble Partnership and administered by the Alaska Community Foundation, awarded nearly $600,000 to 18 Bristol Bay area groups in its second round of giving.

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February 15, 2009

The Keystone Center to Assess Stakeholder Dialogue Options for Pebble

The Keystone Center—an independent, non-profit organization specializing in facilitating public discourse about contentious environmental and scientific issues—has agreed to work with the Pebble Partnership to assess options for fostering a productive and collaborative stakeholder dialogue about the Pebble Project.

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