Treadwell certifies proposed initiative on mining
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has certified a proposed ballot initiative would require legislative approval for a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region.
Supporters of the “Bristol Bay Forever” proposal will have up to a year to gather the required signatures, in hopes of getting the measure on the 2014 ballot.
Treadwell certified the proposal on the recommendation of Attorney General Michael Geraghty. Geraghty’s office said some provisions may give rise to constitutional concerns but said those were insufficient to bar certification.
The proposal would require legislative approval for a large-scale mine that would extract metals including gold and copper from sulfide-bearing rock and directly disturb at least 640 acres of land.
The proposal doesn’t specifically name the Pebble Mine project but would almost certainly have implications for it.