Since 2007, walruses have been hauling out on land between their hunts. Before they’d populate sea ice patches, but that hasn’t been reliable in recent years.
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Alaska Tuesday, plaintiffs wrote that federal agencies failed to comply with several acts when pushing the project forward.
The mine would be built at the headwaters of the Koktuli River drainage, and it would eliminate about 20% of available habitat there, though the Corps says that does not necessarily represent fish habitat.
In the Tongass National Forest, this comes at a time when sweeping management changes were already underway.
Most of the workers are eligible to receive up to $2,685.
Native corporations that own land along the mine’s transportation corridor say they’ll never grant Pebble permission to use their property.
The route would span 211 miles from the Dalton Highway and cross Gates of the Arctic National Park to get to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska.
The OBI Seafoods plant’s 260 workers include residents and non-residents. Workers with positive tests are moving to Anchorage.
In Bristol Bay, the seafood industry has succeeded in keeping its seasonal workers and fishermen from infecting Alaska residents.
Nine tribal governments in Southeast Alaska submitted a petition to the United States Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, asking for another rule making process for the Tongass National Forest.