Panelists to review Pebble science

Sep 24, 2012 -- 11:03am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The heated battle over the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on separate studies. The Pebble Limited Partnership, the company proposing the massive gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay region, is planning to have an independent panel of experts review its scientific data. Hearings are scheduled to begin next week in Anchorage. The effort is intended in part to point out any shortcomings, but it's also aimed at assuring the public that science laid out by the partnership is legitimate. This comes as another panel is expected soon to release its report evaluating the science behind a federal draft assessment that found large-scale mining near the headwaters of Bristol Bay could hurt the productivity and sustainability of area fisheries.

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