The hydro project’s proponents hope it will lower the cost of energy and bring the community one step closer to energy independence.
Text messages and meeting notes show that behind the scenes, leaders of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources have been collaborating with Pebble to create the final piece of Pebble’s application.
The environmental group that captured Pebble Mine executives bragging about their sway over Alaska’s senators and governor have released new footage from those secretly recorded sessions.
Two legislative leaders wrote the governor Tuesday saying the state shouldn’t provide land for a mitigation plan that mine developers hope will win them a federal permit.
The state’s opportunity to veto the project rests with the Department of Environmental Conservation. Its commissioner used to lobby for the Pebble Mine.
“The Corps finds that the project, as currently proposed, cannot be permitted under section 404 of the Clean Water Act,” the U.S. Army said in an official statement.
Native corporations that own land along the mine’s transportation corridor say they’ll never grant Pebble permission to use their property.
All signs suggest the Army Corps of Engineers is likely to approve the permit application for the gold and copper mine.
The Ambler Road project, has been a lightning rod for controversy for years, pitting the desire to expand business and mining interests in the state against the concerns over impacts to the environment and subsistence.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recommended a transportation corridor that cuts through land owned by several Bristol Bay entities that refuse to grant Pebble access to their properties.