Alaska company says it’s impartial on Pebble Mine. Inside paperwork inform a unique story.
Area of the proposed Pebble Mine (Jason Sear/KDLG)
Publicly, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources says it’s not involved with Pebble Limited Partnership’s application for a federal permit to dig an open-pit gold mine upstream from Bristol Bay.
But text messages and meeting notes — released in response to a public records request from mine opponents — show that behind the scenes, the leaders of the agency have been collaborating with Pebble to create the final piece of Pebble’s application.
“This will be a huge lift, but I have full confidence in this team,” Deputy DNR Commissioner Sara Longan wrote in a text to another DNR official on July 31.