ANCHORAGE - The industry partnership promoting the development of the Pebble Mine has released the first installment of environmental and socio-economic data collected over the past few years.
John Shively, CEO of the Pebble Partnership, said the partnership has spent $90 million on environmental and socio-economic studies in and around the project site since 2004.
The data will be released in installments over the next 20 months, Shively said.
The data will be released prior to project permitting. It will be released with little or no analysis, Shively said.
The Pebble Mine is a huge copper and gold prospect near Iliamna in the Bristol Bay watershed. Proponents say it will bring jobs and economic prosperity, while opponents say it could ruin the area's wild salmon fisheries.
The report is available online at www.pebblepartnership.com.