In December 2017, the Pebble Limited Partnership applied for the major federal permit (a dredge and fill permit) needed to mine in Bristol Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency responsible for reviewing the permit application, and recently published their draft environmental impact statement, or EIS. The EIS is a report that is meant to look at the mine’s potential impacts to the natural environment, and how that affects people, but the draft is not only inadequate but was rushed to streamline Pebble’s process to get to a decision before the end of the Trump administration. NOW is the time to comment on the draft, stating your opposition to the project and concerns about all that would be impacted in Bristol Bay. CLICK HERE to help stop the Pebble Mine by commenting on the Draft EIS released in February.
You can also download our sample comment letter here (be sure to customize it with YOUR thoughts on the Draft EIS and concerns about the Pebble Mine) and submit it to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on your own. They are taking comments electronically on their website, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail:
Program Manager, Regulatory Division
US Army Corps of Engineers
645 G St. Suite 100-921
Anchorage, AK 99501
For more information on the DEIS process, you can check out this EIS timeline overview and this EIS process handout. UTBB also has a “Tips for Testimony (or written comments)” document available if you email us or call the office at 842-1687.
Smokehouse Chat #9 focuses on the Draft EIS, including how you can weigh in.
Special presentation by technical expert Dave Chambers talks about the details of Pebble’s plan and the draft EIS.
UTBB is also hosting community meetings to go over the contents of the Draft EIS and Pebble’s permitting process. See our schedule here and join us in your community! (Communities not listed will be scheduled as they are confirmed!)
For more information on Pebble’s application and the comment period, you can also visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ website: www.pebbleprojecteis.com.