Sen. Murkowski Calls on Pebble Partnership to Release Mining Plan

July 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released a letter calling on the companies involved in the Pebble Limited Partnership to detail their proposed plans for development of the Pebble deposit in Southwest Alaska.

In the letter, Murkowski said the partnership’s delay in describing the project and submitting permit applications has caused confusion and anxiety among Alaskans about the proposed mine, and has allowed federal regulators to muddy the waters further with several hypothetical mine scenarios.
The letter was sent to John Shivley, CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, Mark Cutifani, CEO of Anglo American, and Ron Thiessen, CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals. It calls on the companies to establish a firm timeline for releasing a formal description of the project and submitting permit applications.

“Alaskans need some certainty and clarity over how the Pebble Partnership intends to proceed,” Murkowski said after releasing the letter. “I understand the complexity of a project like this, and I appreciate the investments that have been made in Alaska already. But a reliable timeline has been missing and I hope that the companies will provide one soon."

Murkowski is the senior senator for Alaska and the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The full letter can be found here.