The state’s opportunity to veto the project rests with the Department of Environmental Conservation. Its commissioner used to lobby for the Pebble Mine.
Early Monday morning, Pebble announced a new partner to help carry its mining project through at least the permitting phase. First Quantum Minerals is a Canadian-based company that currently operates seven mines and one copper smelter across six countries, including a large copper project in Panama.
A group opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine has secured enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot.
One of the partners in a massive proposed gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska is pulling out.