Pebble EIS now mid-February
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the release date of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the big Pebble copper/gold/molybdenum mine was pushed back from late January to mid-February. The DEIS is an important federal regulatory step for Pebble.

Meanwhile, Pebble Partnership, the development company, has set out its best estimates for the number and types of operations jobs if Pebble is developed:

Estimated direct and contract jobs

Mine 290
Process plant 240
Support operations 60
Water treatment 32
Catering and camp 80
Power plant 24
Trucking 36
Ferry terminals 24
Ferry operations 12
Port operations 60
Lighter tug operation 12
Port side administration 20
Administration 48
Total 938

Sitka tribe sues on fishing rights
An Alaska Native tribe in Sitka filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Fish and Game and the state Board of Fisheries alleging the state’s denial of priority subsistence fishing rights in the Sitka herring roe fishery. Sealaska Corp., the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida and other regional tribal groups are supporting the suit, which was filed by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. The suit could be an important test case on Native subsistence over commercial uses in state fisheries.

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