Peltola served in the state House from 1999 until 2009. For the last five years, she’s led the Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fish Commission.
The most recent appeal comes a month after state environmental conservation commissioner Jason Brune upheld the certificate.
The Orutsararmiut Native Council challenged that certificate, contending that the state cannot have “reasonable assurance” that the mine won’t violate the water standards.
A group called Environmental Investigation Agency recorded Pebble CEO Tom Collier speaking on a video conference call with people he thought were potential investors. They weren’t.
The permits will allow Donlin Gold to build an airstrip and a port, and install fiber optic cables and build access roads for its mine, which could be one of the biggest in the world if completed.
Donlin Gold promised to hire local workers for its proposed gold mine. To fulfill that promise, the company knows that it has to start now. And it has to start young.
It’s going to be a busy year for Donlin Gold. The company is gearing up for another round of geotechnical drilling — its first in two years.
NovaGold is staking a lot on the success of the proposed Donlin Gold mine after selling a big asset last year: the Galore Creek project in British Columbia.
One one person testified in favor of the Donlin Mine during the hearing — the CEO of The Kuskokwim Corporation, which owns the surface rights.
Walker, who is running for re-election as an independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world.