The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has accepted Pebble Limited Partnership’s wetlands-fill permit, which is required under the Clean Water Act and which is also a key authorization in the permitting process for the controversial Pebble project in Alaska. Pebble Limited Partnership is a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSX: NDM).
For over a decade now, the company has been pushing to be able to exploit the world’s biggest undeveloped copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry deposit, which is located in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The area is also the largest sockeye salmon fishery on the planet. Although the miner’s plan remained blocked during the Obama administration, it seems to be moving forward under Trump’s.
With the acceptance of the wetland-fill application, the Corps proposed a Memorandum of Agreement to guide the next step of the process, which is a National Environmental Policy Act review of the Pebble Project based on an Environmental Impact Statement analysis.
“Pebble expects to finalize an MOA in the very near-term, and immediately distribute a ‘Request for Proposal’ to begin the process whereby the Corps will select the independent third-party contractor that will support them in the development of the Pebble EIS – the document that will be the basis for decisions made by federal permitting agencies,” said Northern Dynasty CEO, Ron Thiessen
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