For opponents of the project, the Army Corps’ decision released a wave of relief. For those who backed the project, the decision comes as a harsh blow.
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.
The agreement would allow Pebble access to lands that could prove critical to the development of its mining project in Southwest Alaska.
The Army Corps of Engineers is holding public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine. Three were held in communities on Iliamna Lake. That region — and the people who live there — would be among the most immediately impacted by the project.