Alaska Business Forum: The Pebble Mine and Fisheries

Date: Thursday, Nov 7, 2013
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. (breakfast provided)
Location: Chamber's office (in the Microsoft Events Center)
1301 5th Ave., 15th Floor, Seattle 98101
Members: $25 pre-paid ($35 after 11/5)
Non-Members: $35 pre-paid ($45 after 11/5)
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The Pebble Mine and Fisheries - Can They Coexist?

For nearly a decade, the proposed Pebble Mine in SW Alaska has been surrounded by controversy.

The 80 billion pounds of copper estimated in the Pebble Deposit, one of the largest of its kind in the world, has the potential to meet approximately 33% of U.S. annual copper needs for many years. The project would also create about 1,000 jobs for the next 20-25 years. Copper is in high demand as it is essential to electrical wiring, solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars.

However, the EPA has estimated that this project would likely cause the loss of between 54 and 89 miles of streams and between 4 and nearly 7 square miles of wetlands. The streams feed into Bristol Bay, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery as well as strong runs of chum salmon, silver salmon and king salmon. Adding to the dilemma, what to do with the estimated 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste that must be permanently stored in the area.

This makes the proposed Pebble Mine "the biggest environmental decision facing Obama you've never heard of," according to a recent article in The Washington Post.

Please join us as we hear from both sides of this controversy.

  • John Shively, CEO, Pebble Limited Partnership, came to Alaska in 1965 as a VISTA volunteer. Since, he has served in a variety of positions, including executive director of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, executive vice president of the Alaska Federation of Natives and senior vice president and chief operating officer for NANA Development Corporation where he participated in the development of the Red Dog Mine. Shively also served as chief of staff for Governor Bill Sheffield, chairman and CEO of the United Bancorporation Alaska, Inc. and commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
  • Norm Van Vactor is the President & CEO of the Bristol Bay EDC. Norm started his career as a seasonal summertime deckhand for Peter Pan Seafoods in 1975 and by 1977 was a Captain. He continued to advance and in 1998 assumed the position of Bristol Bay Manager. In 2007 he joined Snopac Seafoods to help diversify corporate capacity from strictly ocean based production to include a land based production facility. Norm next served as the General Manager of Leader Creek Seafood before joining the EDC in 2013.
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