Pebble Mine Project moves forward with new partnership

Published: Jun. 14, 2017 at 4:33 PM AKDT
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Pebble Limited Partnership announced that it has entered into a business relationship with AES Regulatory and Technical Services in order to create opportunities for Alaska Native village corporations.

Pebble has been working toward setting up a mining project in Southwest Alaska.

The project hopes to capitalize on richly dense minerals around subsistence communities.

"We have long believed that native corporations, their shareholders and other residents of Southwest Alaska must be directly involved with and benefit directly from development of the pebble project," PLP CEO, Tom Collier, said in a press release.

The releases said AES is tasked with making sure native corporations participate in the business development and planning of the pebble project.

"We look forward to working with PLP, and with the Alaska Native village corporations with which Pebble has established relationships," said Doug Smith, President and CEO of ASRC Energy Services.

According to their website, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation works in Alaska’s remote arctic and sub-arctic environments on permitting, regulatory compliance and stake holder engagement.

In a separate release, Bristol Bay Native Corporation said the mining company is misrepresenting the opinions of the people in the region.

"AES Regulatory and Technical Services, presents an area of Alaska that is nearly 1,000 miles from Bristol Bay," the release said.

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation said it is concerned with the mining companies past efforts with local village corporations.

They cited widespread layoffs and environmental damage in April.

"The Bristol Bay Region remains overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine," the company added. “We will not allow our economy and culture to be displaced by foreign mining interests. We are and will always be 'Fish First.'"

Pebble expects to advance its pebble project into federal and state permitting later this year.