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AK - Senators Toughen Stances Against Pebble Project

After years of stressing process over policy, Alaska’s U.S. senators have both announced their opposition to development of the Pebble mine.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski made her most definitive statement to-date against the massive Southwest Alaska mine plan Oct. 15 during an address to the Alaska Federation of Natives virtual annual convention, saying there is a need for new economic development in Southwest Alaska and that she plans on working to ensure “longer term protections for the region that can also provide enduring value for Alaskans” in the next Congress that will convene in January.

“I simply think that this is the wrong mine in the wrong place. The administration has said that Pebble cannot be permitted as proposed, and I agree with that,” Murkowski said. “I plan to build on my appropriations language from last year to ensure that the Bristol Bay region remains protected. But while we may have stopped Pebble today, I think now is the time to start thinking about the future.”

Jason Metrokin, CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp., which has helped lead the opposition to the mine, thanked Murkowski and Sullivan for agreeing Pebble should be stopped.

“BBNC has long-opposed Pebble because the science is clear on the mine’s potential impacts — it would pose a significant risk to our region’s world-class fisheries and our shareholders’ economic livelihoods and subsistence way of life,” Metrokin said in a formal statement.

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