The Trump administration has laid the groundwork to give a large mining project in Alaska the go-ahead. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a final environmental impact statement Thursday evening that concludes, “Under normal operations, the Alternatives would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes to the health of the commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay.”
The final environmental analysis claims the gold and copper mine, which would be the largest in North America, will not damage the Bristol Bay fishery.
The environmental analysis will be used to inform the permit process which could be issued in as soon as 30 days.
Tom Collier, CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, the project developer, said the work done so far provides confidence the review will show “why we believe the project can be done without harm to the Bristol Bay fishery.”
The corps previously disclosed a preliminary determination that a northern transportation route would be part of a “least environmentally damaging practicable alternative.” David Hobbie, chief of the corps’ regional regulatory division, told reporters Monday that public comment, work with other agencies and review of information and impacts went into that determination.