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Proposed conservation plans could affect Alaska mine project

Undated shot of the area around the proposed site for Pebble Partnership's mine.
Undated shot of the area around the proposed site for Pebble Partnership's mine.(KTUU)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 1:35 PM AKDT
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An agreement between an Alaska Native village corporation and conservationists would restrict development on lands in the Bristol Bay region where a mine developer has proposed a road.

The plan, announced Tuesday, could create another obstacle for the proposed Pebble Mine. The Conservation Fund says it has launched a fundraising campaign to buy the land easements on more than 44,000 acres from the Pedro Bay Corp. for $18.3 million.

A spokesperson for the company seeking to develop the mine says its focus is on a pending appeal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps last year denied approval of a key permit for the project.

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