The gigantic Pebble copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska is one of the touchiest topics in Alaska today.
In this blog, I'll track news that is significant or interesting about the Pebble project. I'll also try to generate discussion and information sharing about some of the claims and counterclaims about the project, and mining in general.
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About Elizabeth Bluemink firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been writing about mining in Alaska since 2004 and without a doubt, it is one of the most interesting topics that I cover at the Daily News. I've been a newspaper reporter for the past 10 years. In the Deep South, I specialized in reporting about environmental conflicts and pollution cleanups. For two years, I covered commercial fishing, mining and logging in Southeast Alaska. In my current job as a Daily News business reporter, I write about mining, tourism, Native corporations and other businesses.
Pebble and the volcano (updated)
- 4/19/2010 11:49 am
Lawyers debate Pebble
- 4/15/2010 5:12 pm
New geology report on Pebble
- 4/8/2010 1:45 pm
An independent study of Pebble?
- 4/6/2010 9:50 am
APOC drills into anti-Pebble election spending
- 2/26/2010 12:06 pm
New profile of Pebble foe Bob Gillam
- 2/24/2010 11:02 am
Pebble, villages, fuel
- 2/18/2010 4:03 pm
Pebble water-use violations
- 2/15/2010 5:26 pm
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Approval of Clean Water initiatives means new disclosure rules
Posted: March 12, 2008 - 4:31 pm
Think you've seen a lot of pro and anti-mining ads lately?
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell yesterday gave final approval to two Clean Water initiatives - one of which would most likely bar development of a Pebble mine, and create new hurdles for other mines around Alaska.
The ad war over the initiatives - in print, on TV and on radio - will likely intensify as we get closer to the statewide elections. (Reminder: the iniatitives still face a state Supreme Court battle, so it's unclear whether they will remain on the August election ballot.)
Now that Parnell has signed off on the initiatives, state law requires the groups involved in the ad war to tell us who is giving them money.
Legally, the groups can't spend any more $$$ drenching us with their ads until they register with APOC.
You, me, and everyone else on the Internet can watch who is contributing to their campaign coffers. Any donation over $100 must be disclosed: with name, address, primary employer, etc.
"The safest thing for (the groups) to do is register immediately," said Vullnet Greva, APOC's campaign disclosure group coordinator.
He said he's been fielding calls from both sides today, checking in to see if the other has registered yet. "They are investigating each other ... it makes our job easier," Greva said.
The anti-initiative group, the Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown, was the first out of the gate.
The group showed up at the APOC office in Anchorage at about 2 p.m. today to register, Greva said.
The first APOC disclosure deadline is March 25.