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Pebble Mine: Canadian Mining Company Threatens to Stick U.S. Taxpayers with Costs of "Potentially Catastrophic" Mining Scheme

Joel Reynolds | Posted 06.13.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

The Pebble Mine should be terminated - once and for all. And when that day comes, when the only thing left of The Pebble Partnership is a mountain of legal bills, don't be surprised if the company's last gasp is an attempt to pass them on to U.S. taxpayers.

From Bad to Worse for the Pebble Mine: Latest Financial News From Its Canadian Owner

Joel Reynolds | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Deterioration continues in the financial condition of Northern Dynasty Minerals ("Northern Dynasty" or "NDM") -- a small Canadian exploration company, and the only remaining investor in the once formidable Pebble Limited Partnership ("Pebble").

Canadian Owner of the Pebble Mine Concedes Substantial Doubt About 'Ability to Continue as a Going Concern,' Threatens NAFTA Claim for Damages from US Taxpayers

Joel Reynolds | Posted 04.26.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

While the Pebble Mine scheme may appear all but dead, Northern Dynasty's outside lawyers are alive, kicking, and doing very well indeed. As long as there is money to fund their pursuit of frivolous claims, look for this to continue.

Dictionary of Deception in Pursuit of the Pebble Mine: A Translation Guide

Joel Reynolds | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Disappointed by the unambiguous rejection of his company's charges of EPA misconduct, Pebble's CEO Tom Collier immediately condemned the investigation he'd requested as "an embarrassing failure" and a "whitewash".

Rio Tinto Finds the Way in Bristol Bay: Dump the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 01.15.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Canadian exploration company Northern Dynasty Minerals is the only partner remaining in the once formidable Pebble Partnership - the poorly-funded proponent of the reckless scheme to build a massive mine in the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon fishery.

NRDC Responds To Pebble's Cohen Report: "Wrong On The Money, Wrong On The Merits"

Joel Reynolds | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In its latest attempt to derail EPA's review of this potentially "catastrophic" project, Pebble paid former Defense Secretary William Cohen, The Cohen Group, and DLA Piper LLP to prepare an "independent" report that, unsurprisingly, confirms that EPA's review should be derailed. Follow the money.

What Would Defense Secretary Cohen Have Done With His "Independent" Pebble Mine Report?

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Based on a brief, undefined investigation, Secretary Cohen concluded to no one's surprise that his client has been unfairly treated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its federal Clean Water Act review of the mining project -- just as his client has argued for years.

Pebble Mine's William Cohen PR Stunt: Follow the Money

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.07.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In this time of global environmental crisis, it is dismaying to see a former Cabinet official of William Cohen's stature trade on his reputation to validate a review that reads like a press release of the company that hired him -- a company whose reckless mining project poses risks that are, according to EPA, potentially "catastrophic."

Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay

Joel Reynolds | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Over 70 years old, and he was always willing to make the trip -- whatever the trip, wherever it took him -- to talk, to testify, to tell the terrible story of the uniquely reckless scheme by international mining giants to poison the communities and wild salmon fisheries of Alaska's Bristol Bay with a gigantic copper and gold mine.

Pebble Mine: Down to Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators

Taryn Kiekow | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Taryn Kiekow

The company hasn't given up on its dreams to build a colossal mine at the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon fishery. Last January, with the sale of special warrants to existing investors, it raised about $15 million -- almost half of which came from a hedge fund in the Cayman Islands. Where is the money going? Not to mining but to lawyers and lobbyists.

The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

Joel Reynolds | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Pebble and its Beltway-based CEO announced this week the hiring of two Washington, D.C. consulting firms to "conduct an independent review" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") work on the proposed mine.

The Numbers Continue to Crunch the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Facts -- for example, numbers -- have never been a friend to the Pebble Mine. Last month added some new numbers to this list, and once again none of them was good news for the Pebble Limited Partnership (or its sole partner, Northern Dynasty Minerals).

VIDEO: Pebble Mine and the Death Star Mine at Mount Polley

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster, and even as the latest tests confirmed elevated levels of toxic copper and lead in aquatic life, a predictable progression is already underway.

EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Last Friday, the U.S. EPA formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine projectThis action by EPA is a critical step toward protecting Bristol Bay's salmon from the inevitable devastation that a large-scale mine would cause.

Submarines, Sonar, and the Death of Whales: NRDC Goes Back to Court Against Dangerous Navy Sonar

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

There's an old adage that the environment is never saved -- just continually being saved. And the U.S. Navy's testing and training with high-intensity active sonar is a perfect example.

Pebble Mine's 2013 Year End Review: 'One Foot in the Grave?'

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Coming off a disappointing 2012, the Pebble Limited Partnership and its uniquely reckless project hit the rocks repeatedly in 2013.

Mark Twain and the Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.01.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

In the case of Pebble Mine, perhaps a more apt Mark Twain quote would have been his definition of a mine -- that is, "a hole in the ground owned by liars."

Bristol Bay: NRDC's Reynolds Discusses EPA's Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

EPA just concluded a 60-day public comment period, and the vast majority of people asked EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. NRDC members and activists alone sent over 267,000 petitions to the agency.

EPA Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Generates Widespread Applause, Intensifies Opposition to Pebble Mine

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

As EPA's scientific review found, the Pebble Mine would devastate the region -- its wild salmon fishery, its people, its communities, and its economy.

Pebble Mine: A Bad Investment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

The Pebble Mine makes no sense environmentally, economically, culturally, or legally, and it ought to be abandoned.

Surprise, Surprise: Pebble Mine Partnership Immediately Attacks EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.28.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

We shouldn't gamble what we can't afford to lose, and we can't afford to lose the Bristol Bay fishery. Period.

What's In the Name 'Environmentalist'?

Joel Reynolds | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green
Joel Reynolds

I care less about what people call themselves than which side they're on. In fact, I spend much of my time these days working with people in Alaska who don't consider themselves environmentalists -- and have no aspirations to be.

New Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Permit Rejected by Nebraska Residents

Rocky Kistner | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green
Rocky Kistner

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a red-hot lightning rod for politicians pushing Big Oil's misinformation campaign of hugely inflated jobs numbers and their specious arguments about national security. The truth is this is about oil industry profits and political gamesmanship, pure and simple.

Robert Glenn Ketchum, Our Generation's Ansel Adams

Joel Reynolds | Posted 10.03.2011 | Green
Joel Reynolds

While Robert Glenn Ketchum's name recognition can be debated, his impact on the world cannot. According to American Photo Magazine, he is "the most influential photographer you've never heard of."

The Heart of the Wolf Recovery Problem -- Science

Sylvia Fallon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sylvia Fallon

The discrepancy between the recovery goals and the current population of wolves is vast -- almost as vast as the opinions on either side of the debate around wolves in the Rocky Mountains.