US Army Corps of Engineers to Offer Update on Pebble Project EIS

Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers are planning a teleconference in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, July 26 to provide an update on their work on the Pebble project environmental impact statement (EIS).

Meanwhile, groups opposed to the development of the controversial plan to mine copper, gold and molybdenum in the Bristol Bay watershed area have raised new concerns related to proposed infrastructure mine developers are hoping to get permitted.

The Pebble Limited Partnership plan includes development of a port near Amakdedori Creek, which drains into Kamishak Bay on the western shore of Cook Inlet, some 190 miles southwest of Anchorage, for ships to transport ore from the mine to foreign smelting facilities. That ort site would include shore-based and marine facilities to ship concentrate, freight and fuel for the project. Other port facilities would include fuel storage and transfer facilities, power generation and distribution facilities, maintenance facilities, employee accommodations and offices.

Tribal groups from the Bristol Bay region have written to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to voice concerns that geotechnical drilling at the site would put at risk graves, cultural resources and important subsistence fishing sites.