Pebble launches post-election outreach campaign
The proposed Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska has been back in the news after this month's elections, and now it's also back in Alaskans' mailboxes.
As a candidate, Dunleavy said he's in favor of allowing the proposed mega-mine to work through the federal permitting process. Ballot Measure 1, the "Stand for Salmon" initiative, was largely seen as an anti-development initiative by the resource development industry.
"We're very encouraged by the election of the governor-elect and of the results from the ballot measure campaign, really as a validation that Alaska has process, a fair process for reviewing projects," Mike Heatwole, a spokesperson for the partnership, said Monday.
Pebble may face fewer state regulatory hurdles, but there's still strong opposition in the region. Various groups have organized to voice concerns about potential impacts of the mine on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
"We have a lot of outreach on deck within the region," Heatwole said. "Doing small group meetings, we find it's very important to have an extended conversation about the project and not something that's very quick television ads or things of that nature."
Meanwhile, Pebble is asking people around the state to share their thoughts about the mine through a survey, for a chance to win a trip to the proposed site.
"We wanted to hear, what do Alaskans think about the brochure and some of the information we're sharing?," Heatwole said. "[It's] really an extension of the conversation. When we bring people out to the site for a tour, a lot of times it can be very transformative for them."
Of those who complete the survey, Pebble says it will select four for the tour.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release a draft environmental impact statement sometime in January, according to Heatwole.
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