The proposal would require legislative approval for a "large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation."
ANCHORAGE – Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Monday certified a proposal to require legislative approval of large-scale mining activity in the Bristol Bay region.
A release from Treadwell’s office says there were a sufficient number of signatures to certify the petition, and the question will appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot unless the state Legislature passes a “substantially similar” bill in the coming session. The lieutenant governor oversees elections in Alaska.
The proposal would require legislative approval for a “large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation.” That’s defined as a mining proposal to extract metals including gold and copper from sulfide-bearing rock and directly disturb at least 640 acres of land.
It would almost certainly have bearing on the proposed Pebble Mine project.
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