The Pebble Project Newsletter MAY/JUNE 2013
Pebble Scholarships Help Further Education In 2010, the Pebble Partnership established a scholarship program to promote local hire, maximize job opportunities for Alaskans and provide educational avenues for building sustainable communities in Southwest Alaska, meeting several of the Partnership’s core values. Developed to provide financial help to Alaskans with ties to the Bristol Bay region seeking higher education and vocational training in the Pebble Project area, the program emphasizes careers applicable at the Pebble Project and that support responsible natural resource development such as engineering, science, welding, operations, project management, geology, science and law. When the program first started in 2010, Pebble distributed nine scholarships. In 2013, Pebble awarded more than 34 scholarships. To date, the Partnership has awarded more than $432,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000. n
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013-14 PEBBLE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Sasha Andrew, Manokotak Donovan Andrews, Aleknagik Matthew Anelon, Newhalen Charisse Arce, Iliamna Zackary Aspelund, Naknek Ethan Atwater, Pedro Bay & King Salmon Madison Ayson, Chignik Bay Ashley Bales, Naknek Bessie Binkowski, Togiak Simeon Blunka, New Stuyahok Samuel Clark, Clark’s Point Kelsey Conley, King Salmon Sonya Edwards, New Stuyahok Robert Hering, Naknek Krista Hobson, Kokhanok Kendra Holstrom, Naknek Zackary Jacko, Pedro Bay Elijah Jensen, Pedro Bay Tasha King, Ekwok Sarah Bergey LaCasse, King Salmon Jorden Lisac, Dillingham Victoria Lopez, Dillingham & King Salmon Samuel Morrison, King Salmon Ashley Munk, Naknek Hannah Natwick, Port Alsworth
Warren Nicolet, Naknek & Anchorage Jesse Rogers, Dillingham Mathew Rogers, Dillingham Roxann Roque, Dillingham Shanelle Wassillie, Newhalen Kaitlyn Wassillie, Naknek Reise Wayner, Naknek & Anchorage Shawna Wilson, Naknek Sharolynn Zackar, Kokhanok
Matthew Anelon, 2013-2014 Pebble Scholarship Recipient
Pebble Participates in Teacher-Extern Program Each year, the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) recruits 20-25 middle and high school teachers throughout Alaska and places them with companies such as the Pebble Partnership for a 10-day
mining and construction career paths,” said APICC Manager Cari-Ann Ketterling. “Teachers are then better able to provide their students with the skills necessary for success in postsecondary education and jobs in Alaska’s high
“Throughout the past six years, Pebble has been given the opportunity to educate more than 20 Alaska teachers about the mining industry, including information about the science, technology and the many different
summer externship. In addition to earning college credit for their development of curriculum around their externship, teachers become more knowledgeable about important projects throughout the state.
pay, high demand process industry.”
jobs that the industry supports,” Hickel said. “The teacher externship is truly a ‘win-win-win situation’ -- for the company, the teachers and their students.” n
“Externships are a unique opportunity for Alaska educators to learn about Alaska’s oil, The Pebble Project Newsletter
Today, research shows within the last decade jobs in the Alaska mining industry have more than doubled. According to Josie Hickel, Pebble vice president of Human Resources & Administration, youth need to be aware of these future opportunities for great jobs.
To learn more about APICC visit www.apicc.org.
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Message from the President. With a serious lack of year-round jobs, southwest Alaska ranks as one of the most economically depressed areas in this nation according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Few economic opportunities, high living costs and outmigration are harsh realities impacting more and more people in the Bristol Bay region. As a 45-year resident of Alaska, I’m committed to trying to change this trend, finding ways to maximize benefits for all -- socially, environmentally and economically. Earlier this year, Pebble released an economic study authored by IHS Global Insights, a leading economic and forecasting firm. The study shows a wide range of substantial economic impacts if the Pebble Deposit is developed, such as: • At least 1,000 jobs during a conceptual 25-year production phase • Annual operating costs upwards of $1 billion
BUSTER With summer upon us, boating quickly becomes an important part of our daily lives, as several Alaska communities can only be reached by water or air.
Here are a few tips promoting boat safety and reliable transportation: • Always carry required safety equipment onboard your boat so you’re not violating any laws, but more importantly, are prepared for any situation that could arise from bad weather, breakdowns, and unforeseen delays • To ensure your motor is operating safely and without problems, check or replace your fuel filter and remove any debris • Be sure fuel cans are free of water and debris that may have accumulated over the winter months • Change oil and check gear lube according to your maintenance manual By Abe Williams, a Bristol Bay fisherman, born and raised in King Salmon, AK PAGE 2 | MAY/JUNE 2013
• Annual wages approximately 42 percent higher than the average state income • A possible 600 percent increase in annual tax receipts to Lake & Peninsula Borough With numbers such as these, the Pebble Project has the potential to transform communities, permanently changing lives for the better. In their simplest form, jobs provide the foundation for a community. Without an underlying economic base, lifestyles – especially subsistence-- become challenging. Jobs not only provide economic opportunities, but they may allow communities to remain intact. Warm regards,
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ENVIRONMENT Q & A
Why study fish habitat?
Pebble will only benefit foreign investors, not Alaskans.
FACT: Whether talking about oil and gas, fishing, tourism or mining, international investments play an important role in Alaska’s economy. Oil and gas development, as well as mining, provide jobs, pay, taxes and contribute to the Alaska Permanent Fund. In addition to the state mining and corporate tax, the Pebble Deposit is a multi-billion dollar asset belonging to the people of Alaska. Located on state land, Pebble will be subject to a royalty, and under Alaska law 50 percent of the royalty goes directly to the Alaska Permanent Fund.
ANSWER: At Pebble, fish come first. And by identifying the characteristics of streams and waterbodies, Pebble is taking the first steps in avoiding and minimizing potential impacts to fish and other aquatic species. It is important Pebble scientists assess the aquatic environment in all seasons, including winter, so that natural changes to the surrounding habitats are adequately understood. These rigorous scientific studies are important to achieving Pebble’s commitment to developing a sustainable and responsible mine in Alaska.
Independent Panel Reviews Pebble EBD
Mining Fact As of 2012, the average annual wage for a job in the Alaska mining industry is more than $100,000, over twice the state‘s average wage. Source: www.alaskaminers.org
A series of independent science panels led by the non-profit Keystone Center took place at the Consortium Library, located at the University of Alaska Anchorage between October 2012 and May 2013. With more than 100 attendees registered for each panel session and more than 200 participating daily via live webstream, the panel sessions provided a peer review of Pebble’s Environmental Baseline Document (EBD), while integrating public dialogue. The Pebble EBD characterizes the existing physical, biological and social environments in study areas within the Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet regions. The publication contains approximately 27,000 pages of data and analysis, which is divided into 53 chapters plus appendices.
Safety Tip For most rural Alaska communities, air travel is a main vehicle of transportation. When entering or exiting either helicopters or planes, always be alert for other air traffic in the area.
on Alaska Public Television. According to Bryan, Pebble’s efforts are unprecedented. Dr. Larry Gough, an emeritus Research Botanist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a Keystone Independent Science Panel Member, also shared his thoughts on Pebble’s research efforts. “Pebble is setting the bar pretty high when it comes to environmental research and the dialogue process,” Gough said. “Pebble’s extensive research efforts are very unique.” Panelists like Gough were selected by an Independent Science Advisory Committee with input from Keystone. Panel members ranged from academic institutions to government research agencies that primarily engage in objective scientific studies. n To view the two-day Keystone sessions visit www.keystone.org/pebble. To learn more about Pebble’s environmental baseline studies visit http://www.pebbleresearch.com.
Todd Bryan, Ph.D., and Keystone Center Senior Associate, shared that to Keystone’s knowledge no other large-scale development project in the world has subjected its environmental baseline studies to a rigorous and independent scientific review process, and done so in a transparent public forum that was broadcast in its entirety
Green Star Tip Gearing up for a summer picnic? Here are some earth-friendly ideas to help you keep your outdoor gatherings fun, simple and ‘green:’ • Consider re-purposing your canvas grocery tote as a picnic bag • Skip the individually packaged drinks and opt for coolers filled with your favorite beverages • For food storage and leftovers, pack reusable tins and canisters • Choose washable, reusable cloth napkins and tablecloths • Planning to grill? Look for recycled aluminum foil • Always remember to pack out your waste
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At Pebble, we’re committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. For that reason, all field activities are helicopter supported. From people and supplies to equipment and materials, helicopters are the main vehicle of transportation between the Partnership’s home base at the Illiamna Airport and the Pebble Deposit, thereby reducing surface disturbance at the Deposit site.
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Meet Melvin Andrew A life-long Alaskan and a member of the Pebble Stakeholder Relations group. What is your position with Pebble? providing information about the Pebble Partnership and development of the Pebble Deposit to the communities and stakeholders I serve.
same opportunity as other projects throughout the state, as the Pebble Project has the potential to transform communities throughout Southwest Alaska, positively impacting those who heavily rely on the same assistance I once did.
When did you start working for Pebble?
What does the Pebble culture mean to you?
I began working with Pebble in early 2012.
Pebble employees are so nice, friendly and positive and they take their job seriously. A program I really appreciate is the Elders Forum. The Partnership listens to comments, answer questions and appreciates our participation, even though some people oppose the project.
I am a Pebble Partnership Community Associate,
Tell us about your Pebble work history. For years, I was personally opposed to the Pebble Project as I had heard many negative things. However, after being jobless for more than two years, living off food stamps and public assistance, an opportunity to work with Pebble arrived and I took it. My first ‘job’ with Pebble was interpreting for Elders during their meetings. Today, I firmly believe this Project deserves the
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What do you like best about working for Pebble? Working in my own village, traveling to communities I serve, and listening to comments, questions and concerns.
Can you share an example of how you have seen Pebble’s culture or values demonstrated either in the field, office or community? During the 2012 Elders Forum, an Elder from Region attended the Forum expressing his opposition to the project. During the break, he approached me and asked a handful of additional questions. I answered his questions and he took my hand and thanked me. I ran into him recently and both he and his wife are eagerly planning to attend the Elders Forum in 2013. While I was helping him fill out his registration form he thanked me in Yupik and said, “You are doing good work, keep it up!”
What is your favorite memory from your time with Pebble? During a Site Tour, two participants said, “I want to work for Pebble! Where can I apply?” n The Pebble Project Newsletter