More Dueling Pebble Narratives

This time courtesy of the NY Times.

The Army Corps of Engineers will impose new demands for mitigating environmental damage from a vast proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska, potentially delaying approvals for the project beyond the presidential election, three people familiar with the Corps’s plans said on Saturday.

The Corps is expected to send a letter today to the developers of the Pebble Mine project, these people said, adding that it will not issue a permit until the company presents plans to protect an area in the surrounding watershed, a critical breeding ground for salmon, equal in size to the acreage that the mine would damage.

Is this a mine killer? Well, that depends on who you ask.

“The mine will be close to killed by this,” said Whit Fosburgh, the president of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, has personally reassured Pebble Mine officials that the move will not scuttle the project, according to another person familiar with the matter.

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Stay tuned.

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