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The Pebble Project Newsletter MARCH/APRIL 2013


Tailings Storage Facility Science Fair Project Wins First Place For nearly a decade, the Faulkner family has flown over the Pebble Deposit never realizing that one day their family’s flight pattern would become the basis for a science fair project. Clare Faulkner is an active singer and swimmer, and an 8th grade honor student at Central Middle School. This year, Faulkner’s science fair submission – Which Tailing Dam is least likely to fail during an earthquake -- illustrates tailing storage facilities and the impacts of earthquakes on three different types of construction: upstream, downstream and centerline. Faulkner, a past state science fair winner, said it was the amount of media –both good and bad-- highlighting the Pebble Project that encouraged her to become more informed. “Honestly, I kept hearing people talk about the Project, but I didn’t feel I had very much information,” Faulkner said. “So, I decided to do my own research, conduct my own interviews and meet with Pebble personnel.” Before Faulkner began constructing her project, she met with Pebble Geologist, Heidi Annell. Faulkner wanted to meet with Pebble so she could decide what topic was most relevant to her science fair project such as tailing storage facilities or antibacterial properties of copper. The driving force behind Faulkner’s submission: the vast amount of science and engineering required to build tailing storage facilities.

Annell, a geologist for more than a decade, shared her thoughts on Faulkner’s submission. “To construct a science fair project of this magnitude is commendable, especially considering the polarizing propaganda that circulates on a daily basis. It’s great to see a young person take the initiative to become more educated about a very important topic that could potentially be a huge economic benefit to the state.” Pebble Project Engineer, Alasdair Martin, also heard of Faulkner’s submission. “It’s exciting to see students interested in engineering and a potential project in Alaska.”

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On March 24, 2013, after hours of constructing, testing and writing, Faulkner submitted her entry into the 2013 State Science Fair, and for the second year in a row, Faulkner received first place in her category -- Engineering: Materials, Bioengineering, Electrical and Mechanical – beating 13 other submissions. This year, Faulkner also received special recognition from the following sponsors: Chugach Gem and Mineral Society and Alaska Resource Education.


Message from the President At Pebble, as with many organizations, our values define our corporate culture, create a sense of purpose and provide direction for employees and inform other stakeholders. When building relationships, partnerships are formed and our values are put into action. For example, ‘listen before we act’ and ‘building sustainable communities.’ From the beginning, the Partnership has taken careful steps to build relationships – the establishment of the Pebble Fund, developing a scholarship Program, contributing to a multi-year endowment to the University of Alaska Native Science Engineering Program, and the creation of the Elder’s Advisory Committee. That said, we’ve taken these steps because we care about the communities where our stakeholders live and work. These programs, in addition to many more, help pave the way for success for generations to come.

I believe the future of our state is not only buried in the ground, it exists amongst the leaders of tomorrow. As a company, our goal is to leverage our resources to responsibly build sustaining relationships, provide as many economic opportunities as possible and invest in people.

Warm regards,

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BUSTER Traveling Advice Spring is officially here! Longer days and warming weather draws many to favorite lakes for ice fishing, to hills for hunting, and the coastal ice-edge for sea food. To ensure your safety: • Draft a travel plan or tell a family member • If possible, don’t travel alone, and never leave your traveling partner • Educate yourself about hazardous open creeks and rivers that melt fast • Always bring additional food, supplies and fuel when traveling • Know the area and the weather, but more importantly, know yourself

Myth: The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not use subsistence as planning criteria in the Bristol Bay Area Plan.

FACT: DNR manages state lands to ensure there is sufficient food, water and space for wildlife while Fish & Game regulates harvest of the animals on that land. Generally, subsistence is an allowed activity on state lands. Area plans like the Bristol Bay Area Plan do not affect generally allowed uses. Requesting that DNR manage subsistence as part of an area plan is asking the agency to use the plan for a purpose which it cannot legitimately serve. Subsistence is an important part of life throughout Alaska. In addition to providing food to get families through long, tough winters, subsistence provides an opportunity to pass down traditional knowledge and important cultural values.


Geology Q & A

How do we know the Pebble Deposit is approximately 90 million years old?


To directly date Pebble’s mineralization, the Rhenium-Osmium dating system is used. Like other elements, Rhenium decays to form Osmium at a known rate. Measuring the amount of Osmium in molybdenite (molybdenum-bearing mineral) gives us a more precise age for when the ore body formed.

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Building Business Partnerships

Mining Fact In 2010, the total direct and indirect economic impact of U.S. mining was valued at $2.4 trillion. Mining brings employment, government revenues and opportunities for economic growth and diversification. Source: http://www.nma. org/index.php/mining-in-the-news/30economy-and-employment

Safety Tip #1 When building business partnerships, it is important to consider the safety culture of all parties involved. A strong business relationship should support a safety management system that is effective and balanced between the partners. Businesses that are constantly searching for ways to improve safety practices are often looked at as a good investment for the future.

Earlier this year, the Pebble Partnership Business Development team hosted seven individuals from five Alaska Native Village Corporations at the National 8(a) Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. Pebble representatives and guests networked with industry professionals, met government representatives and attended training sessions related to the National 8(a) Program. The business goal of the trip was to introduce Alaska Native Village Corporation representatives to other 8(a) organizations. By doing so, Pebble is helping build business experience for our partners and leveraging long-term diversification efforts to help achieve sustainability. According to Matt Fagnani, Pebble Vice President of Business Development, the National 8(a) Association Conference served as a meeting ground for 8(a) organizations nationwide. “The caliber of company representatives looking for Alaska 8(a) companies as potential partners was remarkable,” Fagnani said. “Attendees learned innovative ways to position their company to be successful in today’s government contracting environment.”

create and leverage partnerships for the benefit of my company.” Following the Orlando conference, Pebble hosted a follow-up meeting with the Alaska Native Village representatives to recap strongpoints from the conference and discuss next steps in working with federal government agencies. “Building business partnerships is a core value at Pebble,” said Debi Schmit, a Pebble Business Development manager. “I’m thrilled to see stakeholders taking advantage of our commitment to help build sustainable communities.” According to Fagnani, now is an exciting time to work with 8(a) companies. “In today’s business and government environments, there are a number of talented 8(a) organizations,” Fagnani said. “I look forward to fostering these relationships not only for the benefit of the Project, but for the benefit of stakeholders, the community and other business enterprises.” n

Rayn Aaberg, a Business Operations Manager with Clear Stream and a Pedro Bay shareholder, said he greatly benefited from attending this conference. “I appreciated the opportunity to network with numerous professionals, meet potential clients and represent my corporation,” Aaberg said. “For me, the business goal was to

Did you know that the Pebble Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) represents one of the most extensive scientific research programs ever conducted for a mining project?

Green Star Tip Research shows that by unplugging “vampire appliances” (electronics like cell phone chargers, TVs and printers) when not in use, you can save up to $200 on your family’s annual energy bill.

Compiled by independent scientific experts, the EBD includes a wide variety of studies from mammals to minerals in both the Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet regions. One research program focused specifically on meteorological studies. Since 2005, Pebble researchers have been collecting and reporting a continual record of wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, precipitation and solar radiation measurements in one hour average increments. The meteorological data was collected at various times from among 11 different study locations around the Pebble Deposit, Iliamna Bay and Iniskin Bay.

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Meet Wade Lawrence A Pebble employee who takes pride in his work and is always willing to help others. What is your position with Pebble? Currently, I am the Pebble Core Yard Supervisor. I oversee all shop and yard activities and assist senior management in day-to-day activities.

When did you start working for Pebble? I’ve been with Pebble for more than nine years -beginning as a consultant, then working my way into the core yard.

What does the Pebble culture mean to you? During my time with Pebble, there have been numerous changes – for example, our safety culture. As a result of site manager efforts, consistent communication and improvements to internal processes, Pebble’s safety culture has grown, is strong, and is now part of our corporate fabric. As a company, I believe we have really applied what it means to think, act and work safely. Everybody -- from Pebble consultants and contractors to Pebble employees -- looks after one other and it shows.

Can you share an example of how you have seen Pebble’s safety culture demonstrated? PAGE 4 | MARCH/APRIL 2013

From various work conversations and meetings, I believe Pebble employees and contractors embrace our safety culture. For example, I hear stories of employees and contractors applying our safety principals not only at work and home, but when they are traveling and enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors.

What is your favorite memory with Pebble? Honestly, there are many great memories from my years of work on the Pebble Project. We’re really a family out here, and spend most of the year working, laughing and solving challenges on a daily basis. I do have to admit, the 2004 field season is hard to top. In addition to stellar weather, I was working with and around a lot of great people -- I really got to see and know the country out here. Even now, people wonder how I am so familiar with much of the area covered by the Pebble Project. Well, I’ve spent many, many days flying and walking the land and waterways encompassed by the project area. At the end of the day, I enjoy my job because I wear a lot of different hats and do many different things. I feel what I do and the input I provide to this project is appreciated.

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IN THIS ISSUE: Tailings Storage Facility Science Fair Project Wins First Place. Building Business Partnerships. Employee Spotlight: Meet Wad...

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