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COPPER-GOLD: Northern Dynasty announces Pebble advisory committee

The Pebble project is ready to move forward with the oversight of its new advisory committee. Credit: Northern Dynasty Minerals.

ALASKA – Vancouver’s Northern Dynasty Minerals has named an advisory committee to assist it was work goes forward at the Pebble copper-gold project 380 km from Anchorage. The company announced that it and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had reached an agreement that will allow the project to proceed.

Founding members of the Pebble advisory committee are:

  • Willie Hensley – a respected Alaska native leader, former Alaska legislator and current visiting professor of business and public policy at the University of Alaska;
  • Kim Williams – former executive director of Nunamta Aulukestai, chief of the Curyung Tribal Council and Bristol Bay Native Corporation director;
  • Jim Maddy – former president of the League of Conservation Voters and National Park Foundation, in addition to other leadership roles in conservation organizations;
  • General Joseph Ralston – former vice-chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose tenure as a military and government leader spans both Alaska and Washington, DC; and
  • Terrence ‘Rock’ Salt – former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Committee members may request information about and provide feedback on all aspects of the Pebble project including engineering design; environmental safeguards, programs and technology; alternatives assessment; environmental impacts and mitigation; socioeconomic impacts; and programs to enhance public benefits.

Pebble CEO Tom Collier said, “The Pebble advisory committee … is one of several key initiatives we will be advancing this year to make Pebble the best possible project for all our stakeholder audiences.”

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