Juneau, AK (KINY) - Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallot submitted requests to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the Corps to cease the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the mine proposed by Pebble Limited Partnership.
“The Bristol Bay region is unique,” Walker and Mallott wrote. “It supports the largest wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world – supplying almost half of the global wild sockeye, and sustaining over 10,000 jobs. For many communities in the region, abundant salmon runs, clean water, and ecologically intact landscapes provide more than a paycheck, they sustain a treasured way of life that has existed for generations. […] Given the unique characteristics of the region, the mine proposed by Pebble Limited Partnership must be held to an extraordinarily high standard.”
Walker and Mallott further established their commitment in those letters to providing Alaska's natural resources in a safe manner. Projects mentioned included drilling for oil in the 1002 region of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, expanding Fort Knox Mine, and building a natural gas pipeline.
The Administration asked that the EIS be stopped due to Pebble not demonstrating that the proposed mine is feasible and realistic. Without economic assessment, the Corps would be unable to vet alternative plans of development.