Pebble Limited Partnership Lacks Permission from Pedro Bay Corporation to Cross its Lands

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2019

Contact:

Rayn Aaberg, President and CEO

(907) 277-1500 or raaberg@pedrobaycorp.com

Pebble Limited Partnership Lacks Permission from Pedro Bay Corporation to Cross its Lands

Pedro Bay Corporation (PBC) owns surface lands across one of Pebble Mine’s proposed transportation corridors, responds to Draft Environmental Impact Statement 

ANCHORAGE, AK- Pedro Bay Corporation (PBC) reiterated its opposition to the Pebble Mine after the after the Army Corps of Engineers released it Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) providing for a transportation corridor north of Lake Iliamna as part of Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP) plans. PBC owns over 92,000 acres of surface lands between the Pebble deposit and a potential deepwater port on Cook Inlet. After extensive review, PBC’s Board of Directors unanimously concluded in 2014 that the Pebble Mine does not meet PBC’s responsible development standards given the significant impacts that the mine would have on Pedro Bay.  The Board reiterated that opposition this past week when considering and rejecting a right-of-way agreement for PLP’s transportation corridor.

According to the recently-released Pebble DEIS, PBC lands would be directly impacted in 2 out of the 3 alternatives under consideration, with approximately 800 acres of corporation lands required for construction of the transportation corridor, access roads, a 12-inch natural gas pipeline, a ferry terminal, and a possible mine concentrate pipeline. Moreover, any expansions of the Pebble Mine beyond the current 20-year mine plan would also require the construction of a road, concentrate pipeline, and diesel pipeline across Pedro Bay Corporation lands.

PBC President/CEO Rayn Aaberg made the following statement regarding the DEIS:

“The Draft Environmental Impact Statement released this week shows that Pebble Mine remains a threat to Pedro Bay and our surrounding community. PLP does not have permission, much less an agreement, to access our lands for the purpose of a transportation corridor north of Lake Iliamna. Despite a multi-year public relations effort designed to persuade Alaskans and the Bristol Bay region that they are listening to our concerns, Pebble Limited Partnership has not fundamentally changed its approach nor demonstrated that it values the input of the people and communities with the most at risk from the mine’s development. We urge all Alaskans concerned about Pebble Mine to make their voices heard during the comment period for the DEIS.”

Pedro Bay Corporation (PBC) is the village corporation for Pedro Bay, Alaska, located on the eastern shores of Iliamna Lake and in the path of any Pebble Mine transportation corridor that would take a northern route around Lake Iliamna.

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