The Pebble Project Newsletter JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013
Living in Rural Alaska is often seen as an adventure — limited roads of access, wilderness at hand and transportation consisting of snow machines, boats and planes. Throughout Alaska — a state in which a person can spend their entire lifetime exploring and never truly experience its entirety — only a small percent of population can say they were born, raised and are currently residing in rural Alaska. Staci Anelon is one of those few. Originally from Bethel, Alaska, Anelon was raised in a subsistence environment. Roughly 14 years ago, Anelon and her husband decided to relocate their family to Newhalen, Alaska, to be with their sole-surviving grandparent. Since then, Anelon has been an elementary school teacher and student government advisor for the Lake and Peninsula School District at the Newhalen School.
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“Students in rural Alaska face challenges unlike urban students,” Anelon said. “Sometimes, you may be the only student in your school taking a certain class, so that engagement factor may not always be there.” According to Anelon, another challenge rural student’s face is the ability to experience statewide events such as the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. The reason: travel costs are expensive and prohibiting for many. As in years passed, students have written donation letters to Pebble and other organizations with the hope to receive funding to attend the AFN convention. As a result of the student’s efforts, five student government officers and one chaperone received a donation from Pebble to attend the convention. Two of the five students attended the convention for the first time. According to Anelon, all five students now say they now have a desire to learn more of their Yup’ik language, meet with Elders from
“Seeing the kids so eager to begin each morning, engaged in all the activities and demonstrate respect for all speakers was inspiring,” Anelon said. other areas of the state, and stay informed on common issues such as suicide prevention and subsistence lifestyle because of attending the convention. “Knowing who you are and where you come from is part of the Alaska Native Culture,” Anelon said. “All five students represented their region in the highest regard.” Typically, the annual AFN convention is a meeting ground where delegates are elected, friends and family reunite, and arts and crafts are sold. However, in Anelon’s case, it took on a whole new meaning: seeing others experience AFN for the first time. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 | PAGE 1
Message from the President. The start of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on 2012 achievements and upcoming plans for 2013. At Pebble, we recognize that in order to develop a responsible and successful mining operation we need to fully understand important topics such as subsistence, cultural perspectives and the traditional use of land and resources. This recognition is the basis for PLP forming the Elder’s Advisory Committee. Whether in support, neutral or opposed to the project, we want and need Elder perspective. I’d like to personally thank the Elder’s Advisory Committee for their time and contributions toward the project. The committee’s input is extremely helpful and I look forward to continuing our work together in future. Working with the Elders Advisory Council is adhering to one of our core principles — “We listen before we act.” Investing in Alaskans and the communities where our employees live and work is part of
our corporate fabric. Funding opportunities for young people and organizations from the Bristol Bay region through programs such as the Pebble Scholarship Program, ANSEP and the Pebble Fund allows us an opportunity to help have a meaningful impact on individuals and communities beyond the jobs we are able to provide for local people. These activities help us meet two more of our core principles — “Pebble will benefit Alaskans” and “Pebble will help build sustainable communities.” On a personal note, I believe 2013 will bring just as many opportunities as challenges—and I welcome and encourage any questions that you may have for me regarding the project. Warm regards,
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GEOLOGY Q & A
BUSTER In the event you get lost, find a safe place and hunker down. In the summer, keep busy by gathering grass, branches and twigs for a bed. Gathering grass and placing them in between your inner clothing and outer clothing increases dryness and warmth. In the winter, and if there is enough snow, dig in! Make sure you make an air hole. Do not eat the snow, but melt it the best way you can. The goal is to shelter yourself from the elements such as wind, rain and snow. If weather permits, try to learn your surroundings, but never far from your shelter. Sooner or later, someone will come looking for you and find you. My grandfather used to tell me repeatedly, “The best survival tool is between your ears and behind your eyes — many people survive by following simple instructions. By Melvin Andrew
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There are plenty of copper deposits around the world — we don’t need Pebble to meet the demand.
FACT: For the third consecutive year, the world is facing a copper production deficit. The global use of refined copper is approximately 18 times greater than it was 100 years ago — allowing for the advancement of technologies which produces a safer, healthier and more comfortable environment. Whether the copper is used to run your computer, heat or cool your house, keep the lights on at night or make sure the blinker in your car works, the demand for copper continues to increase. Currently, the U.S. imports roughly 40 percent of its copper demand. It is estimated that Pebble’s 80 billion lbs. of copper could supply roughly 35 percent of U.S. copper needs domestically in the future.
What is a porphyry copper deposit?
Copper-bearing chalcopyrite mineralization in altered granodiorite at Pebble.
First, the term ‘porphyry’ refers to a rock with large, visible crystals floating in a background of much smaller crystals. Second, a ‘deposit’ refers to an anomalous concentration of potentially valuable metal (mining) or hydrocarbon (oil and gas). Economic geologists combine these two terms to form a deposit type. Pebble falls in the ‘porphyry Cu-Au-(Mo) deposit’ type, which indicates we have anomalous copper, gold and molybdenum.
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Mining Fact Research shows that the average American uses approximately 37 million lbs. of minerals, metals and fuel, throughout the course of a lifetime. That includes 2,000 lbs. of copper, 6,000 lbs. of aluminum, 1,000 lbs. of lead, 1,000 lbs. of zinc and 1.8 oz. of gold per person.
The Pebble Scholarship Program was created to further educational opportunities for students from region while helping to support Pebble’s five core principles: benefit Alaskans; co-exist with the environment; apply the world’s best science; help build sustainable communities; and listen before we act. Each year, this program draws a diverse pool of applicants from the Bristol Bay region who are interested in higher education. Charisse Arce, a juris doctorate student at Seattle University School of Law, has been a two-time Pebble Scholarship recipient. “Being that I’m from the village of Illiamna and in my second year of law school, I am extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue my dream of acquiring a juris doctorate,” Arce said. “I would not be here today if I didn’t receive funding from organizations like the Pebble Partnership, Illiamna Village Council, Seattle University and Bristol Bay Native Corporation.” Last year, more than 44 students from the Bristol Bay region received a total of $186,000 in scholarship support from the Pebble Partnership. To date, more than $336,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students from the Bristol Bay region who are pursuing higher education.
Safety Tip To prevent injuries when clearing snow and ice, do a light warm-up exercise before shoveling, wear appropriate safety gear, including shoes with good traction or spikes and take frequent breaks.
“The Pebble Scholarship Program is about more than just jobs, it offers a future of new opportunities for rural Alaska communities and young leaders,” said Pebble CEO John Shively. “I am proud to see so many young Alaskans investing in their higher education, as this program demonstrates what Pebble can contribute to for decades if the Deposit becomes a mine.”
Charisse Arce, two-time Pebble Scholarship recipient.
There are two types of scholarships available under the scholarship program: vocational and technical school or, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The number of awards distributed each year is dependent upon the number of eligible applicants, the quality of applicants and the availability of funds. In order to be considered for this year’s undergraduate or graduate scholarship cycle, applications have to be turned in by April 1, 2013. Applications for vocational education programs can be submitted at any time as long as they are submitted at least 60 days prior to the first day of class. For more information on the Pebble Scholarship program visit www.pebblepartnership.com.
Green Star Tip Some items in your house may be deemed useless. However, instead of sending items to your garage, put them in a recycle bin or donate them to a good cause.
In a remote region with high living costs and a lack of employment options, Pebble has the potential to develop economic opportunities in Southwest Alaska for generations to come.
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Meet Warren Nicolet A Pebble Scholarship Program recipient and a young Alaskan from the Village of Naknek. What is your position with Pebble? I am currently an IT intern at the Pebble Partnership.
When did you start working for Pebble? I began my career with Pebble in May of 2012.
Tell us about your Pebble work history. When I expressed my interest to the Iliamna Development Corporation in acquiring an internship, Josie Hickel from Pebble recruited me as a summer intern. In addition to my engineering internship, I worked on a reclamation crew. At the end of my internship, I was offered an opportunity to extend my experience as an IT intern, which has since helped me expand my IT knowledge.
What does the Pebble culture mean to you? By far, Pebble is the most safety-oriented organization I have ever worked for. My time with Pebble has allowed me to work with individuals who take strong pride in their work, care about the environment and the well-being of others.
Can you share an example of how you have seen Pebble’s culture demonstrated? Safety is a number one priority at Pebble. For example, every morning there is a safety moment at site reminding employees to keep safety in the forefront during day-to-day activities.
work with the people that are responsible for creating the foundation for what I see as an incredible project is amazing.
What is your favorite memory from your time with Pebble? I spent my 21st birthday with engineers on a boat in the middle of Iniskin bay. I was isolated with the boat’s captain, a deckhand, a funny guy named Sasha (Alexander in English) and an ex-marine named Everett. We spent six days performing AWAC redeployment, which basically involved retrieving machines that lay on the seafloor and record ocean data. It was a birthday I will never forget.
What do you like best about working for Pebble? The opportunity to see a project in its early development is extremely exciting. To know and
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In this issue: Experiencing AFN and the Pebble Scholarship Program.