The board of directors for the Bristol Bay Native Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, voted against the Pebble copper and gold mind.
The board said it was concerned about the impact on fish runs.
However, that decision was quickly condemned by Alaska Peninsula Corp. and Pedro Bay Corp., two Native village corporations that own land near the project.
The village corporations said the BBNC board’s stance threatens the economic livelihood of the villages. “BBNC’s irresponsible actions, based on irrational fear mongering, threatens our very ability to survive,” said Ralph Angasan, the president of Alaska Peninsula, in a press release.
The Pebble Mine would be located in southwest Alaska, near several villages. Eight village corporations have joined a lawsuit that seeks to stop the approval of exploration permits for the project.
Mine opposition by regional corporation induces anger (The Anchorage Daily News 12/16)
Bristol Bay Native Corp. opposes Pebble (The Anchorage Daily News 12/12)