Alaskan Republican party endorses Pebble Project
The Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska received the endorsement of the state’s Republican Party.
A resolution passed August 9 by the state’s central committee said the mine would create more than 1,000 jobs, contribute to the state coffers and benefit Alaskans in what it describes as an otherwise impoverished area.
“The Republican Party has always been in favor of responsibly developing mines throughout Alaska,” Alaska Republican Party Chair Glenn Clary told CoastAlaska. “And we would support the responsible development of Pebble Mine.”
He said the party canvassed its district leadership across the state.
“There’s 88 people on the state Central Committee, and they represent all areas and regions of Alaska,” he added. “And so this was sent out to all of them to vote on it and to debate on it.”
KCAW reported that despite the endorsement, the project has not received universal support in the state. Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) represents a wide swathe of coastal Alaska.
“It seems to me that that’s sort of a consensus of urban Republicans, but it certainly does not represent the attitude of my Senate District,” Stevens said.
This summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a final environmental impact statement that concluded Pebble Mine wouldn’t harm salmon runs. That’s a reversal from the Obama administration’s EPA which had blocked the mine in 2014. A final decision is expected within weeks or months.
The Alaska Republican Party’s resolution says it “unequivocally” supports Pebble Mine and calls on the Army Corps to move forward and approve it.