Alaska senior Senator Lisa Murkowski is urging the Army Corps of Engineers to extend the already longer-than-normal public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine Project.

She wants to add another 30 days, which would take the public comment period from 90 days to 120. The typical public comment period is 45 days. 

Murkowski sent a letter to Col. Phillip Borders, who is the corps' Alaska District Commander, writing that the extended period would let thousands more Alaskans have their voice heard. She added it is a necessity because of the size and scope of the proposed project. 

She said she hopes that Alaskan's input will be "taken seriously, and fully considered" in the draft environmental impact statement. 

Additionally, Sen. Murkowski asked the corps to again engage in a dialogue with the Alaska Natives who live in the Bristol Bay region, and have a meaningful consultation.

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