New group counters critics of Pebble Mine

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007

ANCHORAGE - Supporters of the Pebble Mine project have formed a new business-supported nonprofit in response to a mounting publicity campaign against the project, which would open up large mineral deposits in the salmon-rich Bristol Bay region.

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Dick Cattanach, a director of Truth About Pebble, said the group plans to inform Alaskans about the benefits of the project, located near the headwaters of the largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

Truth About Pebble members say opposition groups are portraying the project inaccurately with alarming pictures of open-pit mining.

The attempts to block Pebble before permitting begins are "un-Alaskan and un-American" and "bullies" shouldn't be allowed to thwart the process, said Gail Phillips, a former House Speaker and another director for the group.

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