Pebble Mine Returns: Company Will Seek Permits For Smaller Mine

The CEO of a Canadian-owned company pursuing a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major Alaska salmon fishery says he's excited the company will be able to seek permits for the proposed Pebble Mine.
Tom Collier said the settlement of his company's lawsuit against the U-S Environmental Protection Agency represents a new start for the mine.
He says Pebble Limited Partnership hopes to initiate permitting this year for what he says will be a smaller mine.
He declined to discuss specifics but thinks it will have more support.
Representatives of Alaska Native organizations and conservation groups reiterated their opposition to the mine last Friday.
As part of the settlement, the EPA says it will begin a process to withdraw restrictions it proposed on development in the Bristol Bay region under President Obama.