KTVA: Murkowski responds to Pebble Mine impact statement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its draft environmental impact statement for the Pebble mine project in southwest Alaska, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski is responding.

Murkowski says she’s started to read through the 1,400-page document and its supporting materials. She encourages Alaskans to do the same, saying it’s critical to understand the potential impacts of the mine.

“As I have said before, we must have confidence that Bristol Bay’s world-class fisheries are fully protected, and I expect the Army Corps process to remain fair, rigorous, and transparent as Alaskans provide their views,” Murkowski wrote in a statement Friday.

Alaskans will have the chance to weigh in on the study during a 90-day public comment period that is expected to open March 1, after the statement is published in the Federal Register.

The Army Corps of Engineers will also hold public meetings in Alaska in March and April.

By:  Angela Krenzien
Source: KTVA